Pena a managerial candidate
Having previous big league managing experience will be a plus for those under consideration to manage the Marlins in 2011.
Meeting the criteria is Tony Pena.
Currently the Yankees bench coach, Pena spent parts of four seasons (2002-05) managing the Royals. In 2003, he was named the American League Manager of the Year.
Internally, the Marlins see Pena as a serious candidate.
The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. So right now they are evaluating their options.
Edwin Rodriguez, who replaced Fredi Gonzalez in late June, also will receive consideration. But the team has made it clear that it will further evaluate Rodriguez once the season ends.
Most likely, the team will explore several possibilities, including Bobby Valentine. With Pena expected to be in the mix, the search could last throughout the playoffs.
The Yankees are primed to be in the postseason. So if the Marlins plan on interviewing Pena, they may have to wait until an opportune time arises in October or perhaps early November.
Pena, 53, was a five-time All-Star, and he won four Gold Glove awards.
One of the primary positions the Marlins plan to address in the offseason is catcher.
— Joe Frisaro