Thursday, December 11, 2014
#358 - Tony Pena
What a card: Tony Pena continued to be a force behind the plate in his third full season with the Pirates in 1984. He won his second of three straight Gold Gloves.
My observation on the front: Tony Pena's arms have legs!!!
More opinion from me: I will always remember Pena for his catching squat in which he stuck one leg out in order to offer a lower target to the pitcher. It was very bizarre at the time.
Something you might know: Pena was a five-time all-star with a terrific throwing arm who hit well during the first half of his career.
Something you might not know: Both of Pena's baseball-playing sons have played for the Royals organization. Tony Jr. was a shortstop for the Royals from 2007-09 and Francisco Pena played for Triple A Omaha last season and could be a backup to Salvador Perez next year. Tony Pena, of course, managed the Royals from 2002-05.
My observation on the back: Way to go, mom!! If you have the time (and you'll need a lot of time), Joe Posnanski wrote a great story about 10 years ago about Pena and his mother.
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