Randolph eyes chance to manage
After two years as bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, Randolph is eager for another chance to manage in the big leagues. And with openings expected all around the majors this winter, the former New York Mets skipper will be waiting by the phone.
“I would love a legitimate opportunity to get another shot,” Randolph said Monday after Milwaukee’s scheduled game against the Mets was rained out.
The 56-year-old Randolph won six World Series rings as a player and coach with the New York Yankees, then was hired to run the Mets across town before the 2005 season. He went 302-253 (.544) as manager, guiding the Mets to within one win of the 2006 World Series. But they missed the playoffs after a monumental collapse late in 2007 and were 34-35 when Randolph was fired the following season.
– not long after he suggested publicly that he could be receiving unfair criticism because he is black.
“I came as a young manager. Obviously, I did it in a big city. Again, I went through my growing pains. I had some ups and downs like any young manager would. But even then I thought I grew, and I thought I handled myself pretty well. So the last two years have just enhanced my experience, obviously, and taught me a lot more about the game,” he said.
Brewers manager Ken Macha praised Randolph for his loyalty and communication skills with players. Macha also credited Randolph for the development of slugging second baseman Rickie Weeks and the defensive improvement of young shortstop Alcides Escobar.
“He’s got a strong desire to manage again, and I hope he gets an opportunity to do it,” Macha said.
Macha has a club option for 2011, making him one of the many major league managers in limbo as this season winds down. Another one is Mets skipper Jerry Manuel, the successor to Randolph after serving as a coach on his staff.