05/15/2002 6:38 pm ET
Dan Glass Q & A
Royals president discusses Tony Pena
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals club president Dan Glass joined general manager Allard Baird Wednesday in welcoming new manager Tony Pena to Kansas City. After the press conference, MLB.com caught up with Glass to
get his thoughts on the 13th full-time manager in Royals history.
MLB.com: Was there a conviction in Baird's voice as he built his case
Glass: He was convinced. That proved a lot to me. That's part of my
role in this whole process, being kind of the devil's advocate. What about
this guy? What about that guy? I wanted to make sure he thought this thing
through. Quite frankly, I had a chance to visit with all the people
involved in the process ... (assistant GM) Muzzy Jackson and (special
assistant to the GM) Frank White. I got to hear their side of it, too. We weren't going to just rush into something on a decision as important as
MLB.com: Was there any thought given to naming John Mizerock as
manager until the end of the season and then possibly re-opening the
search if Mizerock didn't work out?
Glass: That was one of our options. That's probably why it took so
long to make the final call. We had to be sure in everybody's mind that
Tony was the right guy.
MLB.com: What put Pena over the top?
Glass: I think Allard felt certain he was a guy on the upswing. A guy
who had a lot of upside, was a good communicator, worked well with young
players, worked well with pitchers. There were a lot of positives.
MLB.com: What are your basic impressions of Pena?
Glass: I was taken by the character of the guy. He's a genuine
baseball guy, always thinking baseball 24-7. And I respected the way he
wanted to go about it. He wanted to go down to the minor league level. He
wanted to go through the process that all of us do as we try to get
better. I respected that.
MLB.com: Was it difficult not to go with the fans' choice, Buck
Showalter, and perhaps get a boost at the gate?
Glass: This is strictly baseball. It's a baseball decision. If we win,
people will come out. That's the bottom line. You can have the Chicken and
whoever else, but it still takes winning ballgames.
MLB.com: Do you view Baird and Pena as a dynamic young duo poised to
lead this team back into prominence?
Glass: That's a good way of looking at it. I really do. I see them
both working 24-7. I see them both doing what's in the best interests of
Robert Falkoff covers the Royals for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.