Tigers fire front-office assistant Pena

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers relieved Ramon Pena of his
duties as special assistant to the general manager on Wednesday.

"The Tigers thank Ramon Pena for his services to the
organization," vice president and assistant general manager Al
Avila said in a statement. "He scouted and signed many players for
the organization, but based on a different set of philosophies we
decided to go in another direction."

Pena was in his 22nd season with the Tigers after originally
joining the organization as a scout in 1985.

Manny Crespo, Detroit's director of Latin American operations,
and Tom Moore, the Tigers' assistant director of international and
professional scouting, will manage the Tigers' academy in the
Dominican Republic on an interim basis.