Sunday, May 19, 2013
The Associated Press
BOSTON – New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena was in Boston on Monday, interviewing for the Red Sox managing job that opened when Bobby Valentine was recently fired.
The 55-year-old Pena was the 2003 AL Manager of the Year with Kansas City. He was honored after leading the Royals to a winning season, their only one since 1994.
A five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove catcher, Pena has ties to the Red Sox. He played for Boston from 1990-93 and his son, Tony Jr., spent the last two years pitching in Triple-A for the Red Sox.
Pena has been the Yankees' bench coach for four years, following three seasons as their first base coach.
The Red Sox recently interviewed Dodgers Coach Tim Wallach and plan to talk to former big league catcher Brad Ausmus.
• The Boston Red Sox are keeping ticket prices unchanged for 2013 after their worst season in nearly 50 years.
Individual prices range from $12 for the upper bleachers to $165 for a seat above the Green Monster in left field. Prices for season tickets also remain unchanged. The team kept prices the same for the 2009 and 2012 seasons.
The Red Sox went 69-93 -- their .426 winning percentage was their lowest since 1965 when they went 62-100.
TWINS: Director of minor league operations Jim Rantz is retiring after 52 years with the team.
The 75-year old has been with the Twins' franchise since its inception in 1961 after signing his first professional contract with the Washington Senators in 1960.
PHILLIES: Philadelphia hired Wally Joyner to be its assistant hitting coach.
Joyner will assist new hitting coach Steve Henderson. The Phillies reshuffled their coaching staff after finishing 81-81 following five straight division titles.
Joyner previously was the batting coach for San Diego during parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
REDS: Manager Dusty Baker, 63, agreed to a two-year contract extension.
Baker missed the Reds' NL Central title celebration this year because he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat and a mini-stroke.
YANKEES: Donald Trump called on star Alex Rodriguez to donate his contract to charity.
"He doesn't make the @yankees any money and he doesn't perform," Trump tweeted. "He is a $30M/yr rip off."
Rodriguez is 3 for 23 this year in the playoffs, but he wasn't the only Yankees player Trump gave a hard time. Derek Jeter is out for the season after breaking his ankle in Game 1, and Trump needled him a bit for his real estate decisions.
"Derek Jeter had a great career until 3 days ago when he sold his apartment at Trump World Tower," Trump tweeted. "I told him not to sell - karma?"