Willie Randolph chats with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson about managing on Scoop B Radio. Press play below to listen!
News out of the Bronx is that Joe Girardi will not return as manager of the New York Yankees.
In ten seasons, Girardi guided the Yankees to six playoff appearances and one World Series win. The Yankees were within one game of returning to the World Series this year, losing to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.
“With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.” Joe Girardi wrote via an email to the press.
With the Yankees now in managerial search mode, here’s one name to throw into the hat: former Yankee Willie Randolph.
As manager of the New York Mets, Randolph posted a 302-253 record. 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.”
“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.”
Randolph indicated that he’d like to manage again. Maybe the Yankees could use his help?
“I would love the opportunity, God willing,” said Randolph.
“ 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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