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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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Randolph on Steinbrenner

Here’s what Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph, who played 13 of his 18 big league seasons for the Yankees, had to say about the passing of George Steinbrenner:

“He was a complex man,” Randolph said. “He was a real knucklehead at times, but he believed in Willie Randolph. Gretchen [Randolph’s wife] and I just started reminiscing, telling Steinbrenner stories. It made me feel good and bad. It’s good to know we spent special times together. We were there, and he was drenched with champagne and we were hugging. You don’t forget those moments.” 
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Randolph not on Astros' interview list

The Houston Astros are once again conducting their managerial search in the light of day and released a list of candidates on Monday afternoon. Former Brewers managers Ned Yost and Phil Garner are on it, but current bench coach Willie Randolph, who wants to get back into managing, is not.

The Astros will interview their candidates, then make him available to the press afterward. Here’s the schedule:

Wednesday, October 14: 10 a.m.-Dave Clark; 1:30 p.m.-Al Pedrique
Thursday, October 15: 10 a.m.-Ned Yost; 1:30 p.m.-Randy Ready
Friday, October 16: 10 a.m.-Bob Melvin; 1:30 p.m.-Manny Acta
Saturday, October 17: 10 a.m.-Phil Garner
Monday, October 19: 10 a.m.-Brad Mills; 1:30 p.m.-Tim Bogar

Lots of Brewers ties there. Besides former Milwaukee managers Garner and Yost, Randy Ready began his playing career with the Brewers and Melvin was once the team’s bench coach under Garner. Melvin was one of the Brewers’ managerial candidates before the team hired Yost in Fall 2002.
 

Tidbits: Hoffman, Suppan, Sheets, Hardy

The discussion about whether the Brewers would trade Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder was the most interesting part of general manager Doug Melvin’s year-end wrap-up with the media, but here’s a taste of the other topics discussed:

- The Brewers officially announced their new deal with closer Trevor Hoffman, who re-signed for one year plus a mutual option for 2011. The contract guarantees $8 million and could pay as much as $16.5 million over two years. 

 “By signing Trevor Hoffman, that was a big splash for us,” Melvin said. “If our pitching is going to improve, we have to keep the success we had at the back end of our bullpen. And also, to attract free agent starting pitchers, one of the first questions they always want to know is, ‘Who is the closer?'” 

- Melvin hinted that the focus on pitching could make it difficult for the team to re-sign its key free agents, including center fielder Mike Cameron and catcher Jason Kendall. Rickie Weeks is the second baseman, Melvin reiterated, making it likely that free agent Felipe Lopez will also be let go.

Assistant GM Gord Ash conceded that it’s difficult for teams to win with unproven players up the middle but insisted it can be done. He mentioned Lorenzo Cain and Logan Schafer as the team’s top center field prospects and said Jonathan Lucroy was the team’s top catching prospect. Interestingly, Angel Salome’s name was not brought up.

- Jeff Suppan, the Brewers’ 2009 Opening Day starter, is not guaranteed a spot in the 2010 starting rotation despite his $12.5 million salary. It will be the final season of his four-year contract, and he projects as the team’s highest-paid player for the second straight year. 

“I think Jeff is a professional and he knows that he will come into camp and [compete],” Melvin said. “You have to give him some credit for the fact he’s been given the ball a lot of years. He’s very seldom injured. … I don’t think there will be very many guarantees about who will be in the rotation. We probably have to make it more competitive to get better.” 

- Free agent righty Ben Sheets, who missed all of 2009 following elbow surgery, is still on the Brewers’ radar.

“Ben is somebody who would have to be on anybody’s list when it comes to improving your pitching staff,” Ash said. “We’re not up to date with his physical condition right now since he’s no longer in our care, so that would have to be Step 1. But from our point of view, we enjoyed Ben as part of the Brewers and there’s been, ‘once in a while’ conversations with his agent to remind him that we still have that ongoing interest. It hasn’t been followed-up yet.”

- Melvin already interviewed one potential pitching coach on Monday and was to travel with Ash on Thursday to interview another candidate. He wouldn’t say whether he had already spoken with former A’s and Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson, an early favorite for the position because of his past working relationships with Brewers manager Ken Macha and bench coach Willie Randolph

“We don’t want to advertise who we’re looking at,” Melvin said. “The cat’s out of the bag on one guy. I interviewed him on Monday and another team interviewed him the next day.” 

- Ash shed more light on the options that faced third baseman Casey McGehee, who underwent successful surgery on Tuesday. McGehee has a lesion in his knee, Ash said, that causes fragments of bone to break away. He could have had a more intensive procedure to inject healthy cells into the knee to promote re-growth but it was a riskier procedure that could have sidelined McGehee weeks or even months into the 2010 season. 

“He elected, after consulting with a couple of surgeons, to have kind of the intermediary procedure done, and that was to take out all of the fragments and hope that area of his knee remains intact,” Ash said. “We don’t have 100 percent guarantee on that. What we do know about Casey is that he’s an excellent worker and he’s motivated.” 

- Melvin did little to dispute the notion that shortstop J.J. Hardy will be traded this winter to make room for Alcides Escobar. Hardy’s value is down both because of his poor 2009 season (he batted .229 and was optioned to the Minors in August) and because the rest of the league knows that the Brewers are ready to install Escobar. 

“It might be down a little bit,” Melvin said of Hardy’s value. “But there are still clubs that have interest in him. Shortstop is a big hole to fill.”

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Report: Brewers mulling Peterson as pitching coach

200px-Rick_Peterson.jpgThe Brewers could hire Rick Peterson to be their pitching coach for 2010, according to a report from FOXSports.com on Sunday.

Citing Major League sources, the report said Brewers officials have held internal discussions about Peterson but haven’t reached out to him. Brewers manager Ken Macha worked alongside Peterson in Oakland, and bench coach Willie Randolph managed the Mets for three seasons with Peterson as his pitching coach.

When Macha took over as Brewers manager last fall, he was encouraged to keep as many coaches as possible from the previous season and promoted longtime Brewers bullpen coach Bill Castro to the pitching coach post to replace Mike Maddux, who departed for Texas. Castro was dismissed on Aug. 12 and replaced on an interim basis by Triple-A pitching coach and former Brewer Chris Bosio.

Bosio is presumably a candidate for the full-time job next season but Macha may want to being in his own man, assuming he’s back as manager.

Including Dave Bush’s loss to the Phillies on Sunday, Brewers pitchers have a 4.75 ERA this season, next to last in the National League.

Randolph suspended for Game 2 against Cardinals

Brewers bench coach Willie Randolph was suspended for Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals and fined an undisclosed amount for what Major League Baseball called “inappropriate actions” during his argument with plate umpire Bill Hohn in Tuesday’s series opener.

Randolph was one of two Brewers coaches ejected by Hohn in the span of four pitches, but Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum was not disciplined further. Both men were upset at check-swing calls by Hohn, who called out Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo on check-swing strike to end the second inning but then ruled that Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols held up three pitches into the third.

Sveum, who was ejected after the call on Gallardo, and Randolph, who was sent to the showers after the non-call on Pujols, became the first Brewers ejected since Mike Cameron was tossed by umpire Marvin Hudson in Atlanta on June 6. Cameron drew a two-game suspension, but appealed it down to one game.

Unlike players, coaches do not have the right of appeal.

Randolph will take part in the Brewers’ pregame workout today but then must vacate the clubhouse by game time. Speaking of the game, here are the lineups:

CARDINALS
Skip Schumaker  2B
Colby Rasmus  CF
Albert Pujols  1B
Ryan Ludwick  RF
Chris Duncan  LF
Yadier Molina  C
Joe Thurston  3B
Todd Wellemeyer  RHP
Brendan Ryan  SS

BREWERS
Craig Counsell  2B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Frank Catalanotto  RF
Mike Cameron  CF
Mat Gamel  3B
Jason Kendall  C
Jeff Suppan  RHP

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.

Riske to pitch; Gagne mulling surgery

Rapid-fire injury updates:

- Noted orthopedist Lewis Yocum examined reliever Eric Gagne on Saturday morning and concurred with Brewers head physician William Raasch: Gagne has labrum and rotator cuff damage, but should take a cortisone shot and attempt a course of rehab before succumbing to surgery. The decision is now up to Gagne.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was conferring with Gagne’s agent, Scott Boras, on Saturday afternoon about what comes next. It’s unclear whether Gagne, who is in camp on a Minor League contract and now probably won’t make the team, will remain at Maryvale Basebale Park or depart.

- Fellow reliever David Riske will pitch an inning in a Minor League game on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park, his first game action since right elbow surgery last September. Mangaer Ken Macha said the team preferred a controlled environment for Riske’s first outing; if he reaches his pitch count (20), they can simply call off the rest of the inning.

- Righty Braden Looper played long toss on Saturday morning and said he continues to feel improvement from a strained muscle at the back of his ribcage. He hopes to throw off a mound soon, but there is no set schedule to do so.

And on a completely different pre-game topic:

- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt made the interesting observation during batting practice that all four of Milwaukee’s managerial candidates were standing within 10 feet of each other on Saturday. In addition to Ken Macha, who got the job, and Willie Randolph and Dale Sveum, who took jobs as Brewers coaches, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly was standing behind the cage watching BP. 

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