Report: Red Sox to interview Tony Pena
Pena, 55, has previous managerial experience with the Kansas City Royals, compiling a 198-285 record overall in parts of four seasons from 2002-05. He won the 2003 AL Manager of the Year Award in his first full season after leading the Royals to their first winning record in a decade, but resigned after an 8-25 start in 2005.
He has been a member of the Yankees’ staff since 2006, serving as first base coach from 2006-08 under Joe Torre and Joe Girardi and becoming the current skipper’s top lieutenant prior to the 2010 season, and also interviewed for the Yankees’ managerial vacancy in 2007 after Torre’s departure.
Pena also has some experience in Boston, as the former catcher played four of his 18 Major League seasons (from 1990-93) with the Red Sox.
According to the Boston sports radio outlet, Pena will be the second of four known people to interview for the job that became vacant when the Sox parted ways with Bobby Valentine on Oct. 4; Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach interviewed last Friday, and the team will reportedly meet with San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus and Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale – who served in that same capacity for the Red Sox under Terry Francona from 2006-11 – later this week.
Monday is an off-day in the American League Championship Series schedule, which freed up Pena for the interview. The Yankees and Tigers will resume ALCS play in Detroit on Tuesday.
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