Carlos Tosca interviews for manager job

Jenifer Langosch/

One day after being named the Braves’ new bench coach, Carlos Tosca was in Pittsburgh interviewing to be the Pirates’ next manager on Thursday.

Tosca became the seventh candidate to interview for the job, which opened at the end of the season when John Russell was dismissed.

Tosca’s first Major League managerial experience came in 2002, when he took over as interim manager for the Blue Jays just 54 games into the season. Tosca, 57, finished that year and was given a two-year contract extension after the season. He stayed on as Toronto’s manager until being dismissed 111 games into the ’04 season.

He moved on to be Arizona’s third base coach from 2005-06, before beginning a stint as Florida’s bench coach in 2007. There, Tosca served next to Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who just hired Tosca to join him in Atlanta after being named the Braves’ next manager on Wednesday.

Tosca’s resume also includes 17 seasons as a Minor League manager. His first managerial job was with Gulf Coast League Bradenton (Fla.) from 1980-82. In his 17 season managing in the Minors, Tosca led teams to winning records 12 times.

Tosca joins Eric Wedge, Bo Porter, John Gibbons, Jeff Banister, Ken Macha and Dale Sveum as those interviewed by the Pirates in the past two weeks.

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just wanted to say.. thanks for what you do Jen. Looks like they are goin to keep ya pretty busy this off season

All of the candidates seem obscure to me. Eric Wedge did not do “it” with the Indians. The guy the Pirates need to interview is Tony Pena. He is a former Pirate and Indian. He is remembered and loved by the fans here. He was a winner as a player and is respected as a coach. He has major league experience. He has fire. He knows how to handle pitchers. He knows how to set a defence. He was a good hitter to. He would not alienate the remaining Pirate fans!!! Give Tony a chance!!!

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