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Marlins view Tony Pena as a "serious" manager candidate

Sep 15, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com the Marlins view Tony Pena “as a serious candidate” to become their next manager.
Pena was a five-time All-Star as a player and prior to becoming the Yankees’ bench coach he managed the Royals from 2002 to 2005, winning AL manager of the year with an 83-79 record in 2003.
He then went 58-104 in 2004 and was fired following an 8-25 start in 2005, finishing his time in Kansas City with a .410 winning percentage. Of course, no one has been able to win in Kansas City for the past 15 years and in fact that flukishly mediocre 2003 is the Royals’ only winning season since 1994.
Frisaro speculates that the Marlins’ managerial search will include Pena, Bobby Valentine, and other candidates along with interim manager Edwin Rodriguez and “could last throughout the playoffs” in part because Pena wouldn’t be available until after the Yankees’ season is over.

  1. kioteh - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Not exactly accurate. Pena didn’t get fired, he quit. He bailed on the team abruptly while on a road trip against the Blue Jays. Most speculate it had to do with his subpoena to appear in a divorce proceeding that revolved around a neighbor he was having an affair with. See story here: http://www.pitch.com/2005-05-12/news/together-we-can-t/
    I guess he could still manage, but would you really want someone who bailed on his previous employer during a road trip??

  2. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Over a woman, no less?
    .
    But I’ll tell you one thing: with a Scrooge McLoria budget to work with, it won’t much matter who the Feesh condemn to their managerial job; he’ll be like the proverbial ghost condemned to haunt the dugout until some other fool can be suckered into taking his position.
    .
    And any manager who isn’t named Ozzie will be an improvement over any manager who is.

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