Randolph throws name into managerial hat

Randolph throws name into managerial hat

NEW YORK -- Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph doesn't plan to call around to teams singing his own praises. He figures that word is out around baseball that he wants to manage again.

Randolph, a candidate for Brewers manager before the team chose Ken Macha two years ago, took a job as Macha's bench coach and is hoping to capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding as many as a dozen managerial posts throughout baseball this winter.

He managed the Mets from 2005-08.

"I'm looking forward to getting another shot and tapping into the growth that I think I've gone through," Randolph said upon his return to the Big Apple this week.

He had to wait years for his first chance to manage and interviewed for a number of franchises, including the Brewers in late 2002 before they hired Ned Yost instead. Randolph said he has yet to get any interest from the teams already in managerial limbo, and is hoping the wait isn't as long this time around.

"I hope not," he said. "Especially this year. There's going to be quite a few openings, possibly. You never know where you fit into those open spots. You kind of have to wait and see. I don't anticipate or have a feeling one way or the other if it's going to work out, but I think I've proven to all of the general managers and owners out there that I'm looking forward to and want to manage again. I could have sat back a year or so and got paid [by the Mets, who dismissed Randolph in June 2008 with nearly two years left on his contract], but I didn't do that. I wanted to get back in there to be sure I was serious about getting an opportunity."

Brewers manager Ken Macha, whose own seat has grown warm this season, hopes Randolph gets another shot.

"Willie has done fine," Macha said. "He has a strong desire to manage again, and I'm hoping he gets an opportunity to do it."

Macha counted as Randolph's strengths his comfort mingling with the players, assisting with in-game information and working over the past two seasons with second baseman Rickie Weeks and shortstop Alcides Escobar on their defense.

"And then one of the big factors is that he has to have your back. I think he's done a great job with that, too," Macha said. "Your coaches have to be loyal."