October 23, 2008
Willie Randolph is on the shortlist of candidates for the Milwaukee Brewers' open managerial position after being interviewed for the job Tuesday, the team confirmed.
Randolph, fired by the Mets on June 17 after three and a half seasons, is vying with Ken Macha and Bob Brenly, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which first reported the Brewers' interest.
Randolph is considered a viable candidate and not just a nod to baseball's minority requirements. He had been interviewed for this job twice before - in 1999, when Davey Lopes beat him out, and in 2002, when the Brewers tabbed Ned Yost instead - but had to wait until 2004, when the Mets hired him, for his first opportunity as a manager.
Randolph guided the Mets to the National League East title in 2006, earning a new three-year, $5.65 million deal, but their epic collapse in 2007 and underwhelming start in 2008 spelled his doom.
The Mets were 34-35 when Randolph was replaced by Jerry Manuel in a late-night coaching shakeup. The team was 302-253 under him.