The Yankees announced Tony Pena to fill the role as the Yankees first base coach.

"I'm a baseball man; you can't stay away from the game," Pena said. "It's a privilege and honor to be part of the staff with the New York Yankees. Working for Joe Torre and everybody in the Yankees organization should be an honor for anybody in baseball."

By signing Pena, the Yankees have filled another coaching position with someone with Major League managing experience. Just last week the Yankees filled the third base coach position with Larry Bowa, and then this week welcomed back Lee Mazzilli as the bench coach.

In my opinion, this is a BIG deal. With Pena, they get a Latino presence in the dugout, but they also get someone who can work with the catchers. This will be very important, as Girardi filled that role last year, and he's gone to the Marlins.

Pena has four gold gloves and is a five-time all-star. Experience and success. Everything you could want in another coach. Welcome Tony!