Buck Showalter’s coaching staff was completed last night when the Orioles announced that Willie Randolph will join the team as the new bench coach. Randolph was a bench coach in Milwaukee for two years prior to managing the New York Mets from 2005-2008. He worked along side Buck Showalter in the Yankees organization in 1994.
Randolph has a history of winning in baseball. He was fired from the Mets organization in 2008 after four seasons with a 302-253 record including a league best 97-65 record in 2006. He finished in second for the NL Manager of the Year behind Marlins’ manager Joe Girardi. During his playing days as a second baseman, Randolph was a six time All-Star who spent thirteen seasons with the Yankees. He was the starting second baseman for the back-to- back World Series Championship Yankees in 1977 and 1978. Randolph went on to win six World Series championships in his career (1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1987 and 1989).
He becomes the second former manager to join Buck Showalter’s coaching staff, the other being third base coach John Russell. Randolph also finishes the Orioles 2011 coaching staff and joins the aforementioned Russell, pitching coach Mark Conner, bullpen Coach Rick Adair, hitting coach Jim Presley and first base coach Wayne Kirby.
I like the guy’s resume and love seeing Buck Showalter in control of the staff. What do you think of Willie Randolph joining the birds?