Begins his 12th season on the Yankees' Major League staff and sixth as first base coach, having held the position from 2006-08 before returning to the role in 2015…served as the club's bench coach from 2009-14…was the Yankees' catching instructor from 2006-13 and resumed the role in 2016. Managed the 2013 World Baseball Classic-champion Dominican Republic team and became the first WBC manager to lead his team to an undefeated record (8-0)…is again serving as manager of the Dominican Republic team in 2017. Previously spent parts of four seasons managing the Kansas City Royals from 2002-05…in his first full season as manager in 2003, led the Royals to an 83-79 record, the sixth-best turnaround in Major League history following a 100-loss season…the 2003 season marked Kansas City's first winning season since 1993, when they went 84-78. Was selected as the 2003 American League "Manager of the Year" by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, one of four managers from 1983-2003 to win the award in his first full, non-abbreviated season as a Major League skipper (also Houston's Hal Lanier, 1986; San Francisco's Dusty Baker, 1993; and San Diego's Bruce Bochy, 1996)…also named the 2003 AL "Manager of the Year" by both Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. Became only the third Dominican-born manager in Major League history, joining Felipe Alou and Luis Pujols. Began his Major League coaching career in 2002 as the bench coach for the Houston Astros…was named Royals manager on 5/15/02. Also served as manager of Triple-A New Orleans from 1999-2001…began his coaching career as Chicago-AL's Coordinator of Dominican Operations in 1998 and led the Águilas Dominican team to the Caribbean Series title.
A five-time National League All-Star catcher, Peña posted a .260 career batting average over an 18-year Major League career, appearing in 1,988 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1980-86), St. Louis Cardinals (1987-89), Boston Red Sox (1990-93), Cleveland Indians (1994-96), Chicago White Sox (1997) and Houston Astros (1997). Ranks sixth all time among Major League catchers with 1,950 games behind the plate, trailing Ivan Rodriguez (2,427), Carlton Fisk (2,226), Bob Boone (2,225), Gary Carter (2,056) and Jason Kendall (2,025). Won four Gold Glove Awards (1983-85, '91) and recorded a .338 career postseason batting average…was named Topps' Rookie All-Star catcher in 1981 and was selected to the UPI Rookie All-Star Team…originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates on 7/22/75 and made his Major League debut on 9/1/80.
Is married (Amaris) with two sons: Tony, Jr. and Francisco Antonio (a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles) and a daughter, Jennifer Amaris, who won the Miss Dominican Republic-U.S.A. beauty pageant in 2007…his brother, Ramón, pitched with the Detroit Tigers organization. Was elected into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame on 2/11/12 at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater located in the Casa de Campo resort in La Romana, D.R. Did not play high school baseball…credits his mother, who was an outstanding softball player, with teaching him how to play the game. Took part in the Yankees' hurricane relief donation of $35,000 in cash and food to the Dominican Republic in October 2007. Joined the Yankees delegation and the 2009 World Series trophy on 1/7/10 to meet Dominican Republic President Dr. Leonel Fernández at the National Palace in Santo Domingo.