Willie Randolph Says He Got ‘Fired In A Tough Spot’ While Managing The New York Mets

Former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph. Photo Credit: Mets Merized Online

Check Out Brooklyn, New York native, New York Yankee great and former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph’s chat with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on Scoop B Radio. Press Play Below.


The New York Mets’ take on the Atlanta Braves this afternoon at Citi Field. Injuries and subsequent trades aided in the Amazing’s 66-89 season.

Many blame managing by Mets skipper Charlie Manuel as the reason for the Mets’ disappointing season. Just two seasons ago, Manuel guided the Mets to a World Series appearance against the Kansas City Royals. The Mets would lose in 5 games.

Will he return next season? We shall see.

In the interim, let’s take a look back at former Mets manager Willie Randolph. Randolph posted a 302-253 record while managing the Mets.

While managing the Mets, Randolph guided the Mets to being one pitch away from appearing in the World Series, turning the organization around from being a second tier team and winning their division.

Sadly, Randolph was fired by the Mets in June 2008 after a rough start.

After his firing Randolph would have stints as a coach with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles, he also wrote a book, The Yankee Way: Playing Coaching and My Life In Baseball, Randolph’s story of his life playing and coaching for the most storied professional sports franchise in the world: The New York Yankees.

While on the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Randolph, a native New Yorker, reflected on his time with the Mets.

“I got fired in a tough spot,” Willie Randolph told me on Scoop B Radio. “We are hired to be fired and I understand that I was successful and I did a good job and I want to continue.”

Added Randolph:

“Even though I got knocked off the perch or got knocked down I want to get back on that wheel and hopefully get another opportunity and show everyone what I am capable of doing. So you know it doesn’t consume me. I would love the opportunity, God willing, I am prepared and ready for it. But right now, it’s been a little bit frustrating that I haven’t had the opportunity yet. But I am going to stay positive and I am going to stay strong and like I said, stay prepared so if the phone does ring; I will  be ready to take on the next challenge.”

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About Brandon Robinson

Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson is a managing editor and columnist at RESPECT Magazine. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopB and Instagram: @Scoop_B. As a 12 year old, he was a Nets reporter from 1997-1999, co-hosting a show called Nets Slammin' Planet with former New Jersey Net Albert King and Nets play-by-play man Chris Carrino. He's also been a writer and radio host at CBS and a staff writer at The Source Magazine. He's a graduate of both Eastern University and Hofstra University. You can catch him daily on the Scoop B Radio Podcast. Visit ScoopBRadio.com to listen. For inquiries and to contact Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson visit ScoopB.com