Willie Named Bench Coach In Milwaukee

Willie Randolph is back in the dugout as he was hired as a bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. He will be under new manager and personal friend Ken Macha.

"I'm excited, looking forward to this next challenge and getting to work," Randolph said in a conference call. "I love teaching and I'm passionate about being in the game."

Good for Willie. He was let go as manager of the Mets back in June around 3am Eastern time in Anahiem, one game into a west coast trip by Mets management. A move that was highly criticized. I, for one thought this was a disgrace. How Mets ownership let Randolph board a plane and fly across the country, play one game into the trip (a game they won, and then fire him while most people were asleep was disgusting. They handled the situation poorly and have since admitted such.

Since Willie's firing he has shown up on several occasions in Yankee pinstripes. He was apart of the Yankees Old Timer's Day back in August and also apart of the final game celebration of Yankee Stadium. Willie spent 11 seasons as a coach for the Yankees until he was named Mets manager in 2005. Randolph still vows that he wants to manage but for the time being he has no problem being a coach.

"Eventually, I do want to get back to managing," Randolph said. "I didn't really want to wait around. ... I thought it was best to make this move."

Randoplh served as Joe Torre's bench coach in 2004 so this is not unfamilar ground for him. Let's see how the Brewers respond to the new men in charge next season. They might take a step back if they are unable to sign free agents CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets. The Brewers have a nice young team but it'll be tough to overcome a loss of one or both of these men. All I have to say is good luck Willie, you're a good man and I hope when you visit Citi Field in 2009 there's a way you can stick it to the Mets.
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