Willie Randolph has two World Series rings as a player and four more as a coach on Joe Torre's staff during the Core Four dynasty years. Plus, he managed the Mets to within one pitch of the World Series.
Still, that pedigree wasn't enough for the Yankees to go with Randolph over Joe Espada as the team's infield coach.
"I was disappointed because I wanted that opportunity to come back to the team that I love and help them get back to a world championship, like I've always done," Randolph said on the phone Monday. "Anytime you put your name in the pot for a job like this, you hope that you get it. So when it doesn't happen, you are a little disappointed."
Randolph, 60, was the one who reached out to Yankees GM Brian Cashman for an interview.
"I'm always doing my due diligence," Randolph said. "I'm always trying to make everyone aware that I would like another opportunity [to get] back in the game that I love."
Cashman called Randolph last week to tell him the team was going in another direction. On the call, Randolph said he thanked Cashman for the time he and Joe Girardi gave him.
"I wished him well," Randolph said.
Randolph was a spring training instructor last year. He said he would consider returning next month, but had not heard yet if the opportunity will be presented.
As far as managing, that is Randolph's ultimate goal. He hasn't gotten the opportunity since the Mets fired him in 2008. Why?
"I have no idea," Randolph said. "My resume sort of speaks for itself, given my track record and everything. I stand by that."
Espada, 39, has served as a special assistant to Cashman the past year. Prior to that, he had been a third-base coach with the Marlins. Espada never played in the majors.