With Torre out, Yanks Start Interviewing

Steinbrenner's looking at Girardi, Mattingly, Pena for new manager
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 4:25 AM CDT
New York Yankees third base coach Tony Pena signs autographs for fans while leaving Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, in New York. Pena is one of the candidates to take over Joe Torre's position as...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Former Yankee catcher Joe Girardi spent yesterday meeting with team officials, interviewing for Joe Torre's old job as New York's manager, reports the Times. He'll be followed today by the team's current bench coach Don Mattingly, and tomorrow Yankees first-base coach Tony Pena will jump into the interview pool.

Mattingly is thought by some to be the preferred candidate of team owner George Steinbrenner, though some of the interviewers appeared to hold Girardi in similarly high regard. Pena faces the disadvantage of being the only one of the three who has not played for the Yankees. A fourth potential candidate, Tony La Russa, re-signed with his St. Louis Cardinals yesterday.