Randolph looking for fun with Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles introduced manager Buck Showalter’s new coaching staff today including bench coach Willie Randolph, who held the same job in Milwaukee the past two seasons. 

“Hopefully, we’ll have some fun, and the only way you have fun is winning ballgames,” said Randolph, who agreed to terms on Tuesday afternoon and, as former manager of the Mets, brings an expertise in instruction and baseball education. 
“Buck is very prepared and one of the smartest guys I know in the game. He’s going to delegate and let us do our jobs, which is all we want as coaches. … The main thing is you have a guy that is professional and organized and he’s going to make sure we understand our goals and go out there and bust our butts every day.”
Randolph would like to manage again, but he was not mentioned anywhere this winter as a candidate despite a slew of openings. He was a finalist for the Brewers’ job in fall 2008 before Ken Macha was selected, then took a job on Macha’s bench. 
Many thought Randolph would be at least a candidate for the job if Macha was let go, but club officials obviously saw it differently. Randolph was informed in October, after the Brewers dismissed Macha, that he would not be considered. 
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I am so glad that Willie Randolph has found a good position to go to, Adam . . . somehow I’d missed this news (being right before Thanksgiving, perhaps I tuned out), which is why I’m glad you posted something about it.

Willie Randolph did an outstanding job for the Brewers as bench coach, not to mention all the good work he did helping Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, Alcides Escobar and Casey McGehee become better fielding infielders.

I wish the Brewers had considered him as manager, though I have nothing against Roenicke. I just like Randolph and I hope he’ll do well in Baltimore.

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