Randolph to visit both NYC ballparks

How this for timing? The Brewers’ off-day will allow bench coach Willie Randolph — who played and coached for the Yankees and then managed the Mets — to be on hand for festivities opening the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday before he gets his first look at new Citi Field on Friday night.

“If it wasn’t for the off-day, it wouldn’t work,” said Randolph, who is in his first season as a member of Milwaukee’s coaching staff.

Randolph scheduled a 6 a.m. CT flight to New York on Thursday and planned to head straight to the new Yankee Stadium, where the Bronx Bombers open their new ballpark against the Indians. Randolph will be among a number of former Yankees players taking part in pregame ceremonies.

He’ll spend the rest of the day with his family, including his granddaughter, Savannah. Then on Friday it’s back to work in Queens, where the Brewers open a three-game set against the Mets. Randolph, who managed the Mets from 2005 through mid-June 2008, is sure to have a crowd of reporters waiting for him.

I’ll have some of Randolph’s thoughts about returning to the Big Apple tomorrow.

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