Tag:Tony Pena
Posted on: October 17, 2010 7:41 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:58 am

Report: Marlins leaning toward Porter

Bo Porter
"Hello? Yes, this is Bo. ... Why yes, I would be interested in managing the Florida Marlins!"

The Diamondbacks bench coach could be getting that call soon, according to Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins for MLB.com. Frisaro said indications are that Porter, who was the third base and outfield coach in Florida from 2007-09, is the front-runner now that Bobby Valentine turned down the job.

Interim manager Edwin Rodriguez is still a candidate, but hasn't been contacted by the Marlins since the season ended. Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi also have been connected to the job.

Porter, just 38 years old, has risen quickly in the coaching ranks. The outfielder played 89 major-league games for the Cubs, Athletics and Rangers and bounced around the minors until 2003. He was a minor-league manager by 2005, and after two years managing at the Class A level, the Marlins tapped him to be part of their major-league staff. He went to Arizona as third-base coach to start 2010, and was bumped up to bench coach after manager A.J. Hinch was fired.

Porter was interviewed by the Marlins about the managerial job in June, when Fredi Gonzalez was fired, but the Marlins decided to stick with Rodriguez to finish out the season.

Porter also has interviewed with the Pirates this month, but it's looking like Miami will be his destination. He has reportedly already been making contact with potential members of his coaching staff.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:01 am

Pena a 'serious candidate' for Marlins manager

Former Royals manager and current Yankees bench coach Tony Pena is a "serious candidate" for the Marlins' job, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro writes .

Pena was the 2003 American League Manager of the Year when he guided Kansas City to its lone winning season of the decade. In parts of four seasons with the Royals, Pena had a 198-285 record.

Frisaro says the Marlins are looking for a manager with big league experience, which Pena would be able to put on his resume, as would Bobby Valentine and current manager Edwin Rodriguez.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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