Brewers hire former Mets manager Randolph as bench coach

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers hired former New York
Mets manager Willie Randolph as bench coach on Saturday.

"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."

The 54-year-old Randolph was fired by the Mets on June 17. After
being hired for the 2005 season, Randolph led the Mets to within
one win of the 2006 World Series.

The Mets went 302-253 under his watch, and his .544 winning
percentage ranks second to Davey Johnson (.588) in Mets history.

"We are very pleased to add Willie to the organization as he
brings recent National League expertise and success to our coaching
staff," general manager Doug Melvin said. "His reputation as a
player is a quality that will be valuable in his teaching and
coaching of our talented young team. Willie is a professional both
on and off the field."

Ken Macha was hired Oct. 30 as the manager, taking over from
Dale Sveum following the team's first postseason appearance since
1982. Randolph was one of three finalists for the job, along with
Bob Brenly.

Randolph said that he called Macha to congratulate him and catch
up on old times. Macha offered him the bench coach job about four
hours later.

"I was really shocked and flattered he called me back,"
Randolph said.

Randolph, who is in contention for the job in Seattle, said that
he has an agreement with the Brewers that if he gets another
managerial offer, he can take it.

"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."

Along with his managerial experience, Randolph spent 11 seasons
on the coaching staff of the New York Yankees as third base coach
(1994-2003) and bench coach (2004). He was a part of four World
Series championship teams with the Yankees.

The six-time All-Star second baseman had an 18-year playing
career spent primarily with the Yankees (1976-88). He also played
for Pittsburgh (1975), Los Angeles (1989-90), Oakland (1990),
Milwaukee (1991) and the Mets (1992).