If you ever get down to Tampa for spring training, stop and watch him work with the catchers. He has the energy of a teenager as he runs those guys through their drills. Jorge Posada has given him a lot for credit for how he has played the last two seasons. The young Latin kids on the team look at Tony as a father figure.
If the Yankees named Tony the manager, it would be a good choice.
All that said, it would be a stunning upset if he were selected instead of Don Mattingly or Joe Girardi. The Pirates would be smart to hire Pena. But he’s probably not a big enough name for the Yankees.
Pena said all the right things on his call. He believes he can lead this team to the World Series and that with the talent they have, that can be next season.
He also said he would be willing to stay on as a coach if he didn’t get the job.
Here is the audio from the conference call. We had an issue before but it’s fixed now: