Report: Red Sox to interview Tony Pena today

Fan Confidence Poll: October 15th, 2012
Thoughts following ALCS Game Two

1:01pm: Nick Cafardo clarifies that the Yankees did have to grant Pena permission to go to the interview today since it’s an off-day during the ALCS. He could have waited until after the season and gone on his own, but the Red Sox appear to be in a bit of a rush.

11:00am: Via Rob Bradford: The Red Sox will interview Tony Pena for their managerial vacancy today. It’s a travel day for the ALCS and the Yankees are not holding a workout at Comerica Park, so he’ll head up to Beantown during the off-day.

Pena, 55, has been with the Yankees since 2005, first as the first base coach (2005-2008) and then as the bench coach (2009-present). The team also considered him for their manager’s job after parting ways with Joe Torre in 2007. Pena managed the Royals from 2002-2005, winning the 2003 Manager of the Year award along the way. I don’t know much about his managerial style (or his bench coach prowess, for that matter), but I do know that he has a reputation of being a player’s coach and that’s probably something the Red Sox are looking for after the Bobby Valentine fiasco.

Fan Confidence Poll: October 15th, 2012
Thoughts following ALCS Game Two
  • jramey

    I think they’ll pick Tony for all reasons mentioned plus he knows the Yankees inside and out. Sucks but good for him.

  • Eddard

    That would be a great hire for the Sox and a big loss for the Yanks. He might have been hired for us if Joe is fired. Pena is a good baseball man, like Buck and Jimmy Leyland.

  • JohnnyC

    Since the conventional wisdom is that managers and coaches have little to do with the performance of the team on the field, why should we even care if Pena stays or goes?

    • Eddard

      Because that conventional wisdom is false. Look at what Buck did with the Os. Managers matter. Girardi was the worst of the 4 managers in the playoffs and it’s really showed. He yelled at his offense for not making any adjustments but he should look in the mirror as well.

      • JohnnyC

        So, what does that say about Pena? Was he an idle bystander through all this? Did he contribute to the failures?

      • jjyank

        That’s your opinion. I am of the opinion that they don’t make much of a difference. Some managers are better than others, but I don’t think that difference equates in the standings as others seem to.

        • Cris Pengiucci

          I think they have some effect, but would be surprised if it measured out to be more than about a 3 W/L difference. Hence, if Pena goes, good for him. He’ll probably make the Sox a better team in ’13. However, I think nearly any choice they make will be better than Valentine was.

  • Luisergi


    Just re-hire Valentine, he is a true representative of the org, and leave Tony alone.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    In a few days, the Yanks can interview him too.

  • Cuso

    I was thinking last night when Pena came out to make the pitching change how much of a natural he looked like coming out to the mound.

    It’s gonna suck to lose him. To be honest, though, he probably should’ve had a manager’s job before now.

  • MannyGeee

    Don’t the Yankees have to give permission for this, and furthermore what do the Yankees gain by letting this happen while still amidst ‘meaningful’ games?

    Just fishy, is all

    • Cuso

      No, they don’t. If it was a lateral move, then yes. For promotions, no.

      • Cuso

        I guess I stand corrected. But only because it’s “during the playoff series.” If it was after the season, pretty certain he wouldn’t need permission.

        • Laz

          I believe they still need permission if they are under contract. It is just that baseball teams almost always allow it if it is a promotion. Really can’t hold the guy back if he has the opportunity to be a manager over a coach.

  • jjyank

    Ladies and gentlemen, your next embedded Yankee…Tony Pena!

    Maybe he’ll get the job just to steer the Red Sox further into despair. Then the Yankees hire him back after he’s fired.

  • RBC

    I’d hate to see him leave the Yanks but its about time Tony Pena got that call. He’s manager material. Good luck to him.

    • CountZero

      My sentiments exactly.

  • Mike HC

    I guess the fans aren’t the only ones looking to next year. Figuring out how to turn the offense around while in the playoffs is not nearly as important as preparing for and going to a job interview for next season!

    • Cris Pengiucci

      That was kind of my first reaction. However, I doubt there’s much Pena can do to stop Granderson & ARod from striking out, or to figure out what’s going on with Cano & Swisher. With the team having an off day, I guess now is as good a time as any, since it’s a short trip from NY to Boston.

      I do think that this could have waited till the end of the season, though, or at least until the Yankees beat the Tigers and move onto the WS. :-)

      • Mike HC

        I’m with you. But if Pena has such little effect on how the Yanks play, what have we been paying him to do all these years! Sit there and look important?

        (My comments are half tongue in cheek, but also half serious … I don’t begrudge the guy trying to get a manager job)

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Yeah, he does have a job to do, whatever it may be. And I would have liked ot see the Red Sox wait until his season was over before asking him to interview as a matter of professional courtesy to the Yankees.

          Then again, it is his day off. Does your boss stop you from doing something on your day off?

    • Laz

      He has the oppotunity to be a manager and make significantly more money. Sure he wants to help the team, but you don’t pass down a great opportunity even if you are still working hard. You figure out a way.

  • The truth hurts

    How about the Yankees fired Girardi instead? He’s been out-classed all season and now all-post-season long. He couldn’t hold Leyland or Showalter’s jock.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      Yes. Girardi should get fired because besides 2 or 3 guys, this whole team couldn’t hold Mario Mendoza’s jock, offensively.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        This is sarcasm.

    • Zack

      Showalter couldn’t make his own team hit worth a lick either.

  • Brian in NH

    Wasn’t he a catcher for the Red Sox back in the early 90’s? I’m pretty sure I remember a Tony Pena playing for them when I first moved here.

    • Cuso

      Yes. Same one.

  • Rich in NJ

    I would like to see Pena replace Girardi.

  • Bo Knows

    So many other teams need a new manager (and some very soon….looking at you Miami) I want Pena to get a job as a manager, I just hope its not the Sox

    but the bright side is that he can NY’s mole, destroying them (even more) from within. Examples being: taking Ortiz’ “vitamins” and replacing them with gummy-bears or stealing Pedroia’s pot-o-gold before banishing him back to smurf village

  • Rebelwb

    Tony Pena was once manager of the Royals. This would be a return to the managerial ranks for him. The Royals were even respectable for part of the season under him. I could swear it was Matsui’s rookie season when he was beaten out (unfairly?) by the Royals SS. Forget his name too. He even joined the Yanks for a short stretch later in his career as a utilityman before flaming out… Angel Berroa! 2003. I’ll confess. Just found it. Pena was the Royals manager from 2002 until 2005. He quit bc the Royals were poo.