Nice Guys Do Finish First:
Congratulations -- Willie Randolph
It has been a long time coming but Willie Randolph, once
the pride of Tilden High School in Brooklyn where I taught many seasons
ago, has finally gotten what he deserves - - a major league managing
position. But the Mets? And Queens?
Randolph was with his family when he learned that he had
"We just did cartwheels," the former Yankee said. "We've been waiting a
while for this opportunity and it's finally here."
His major league debut was with Pittsburgh on July 29,
1975, but it is as a Yankee that Willie Randolph made his mark. He came
to New York in a trade that year with the Pirates.
Playing 13 seasons as a Yankee and appearing in more games at second
base than (1688) than any other player in franchise history, Randolph
ranks second all time in Yankee history in stolen bases with 251. A
four time Yankee All Star, he helped five teams reach postseason play.
Randolph was also a key member of two world champions.
Born in South Carolina, Randolph grew up in Brooklyn. The
slight and serious athlete was "Mr. Consistency." His batting average
was in the high .270s to the mid .290s. He averaged around 20 doubles a
year and a .380 on base percentage. A steady, reliable, winning
presence, Randolph was ready to play season after season as the Yankees
went through 32 different shortstops in his time.
From March 4, 1986 to October 2, 1988, he was Yankee
co-captain along with Ron Guidry. He was the Yankees third base coach
since October 1993. And now he leaves his post as bench coach and aide
to Joe Torre for bigger challenges. Go get 'em Willie!
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