Friday, October 17, 2008

Willie's Second Chance -- The Washington Nationals?

I read this online last night from 'We've Got Heart' - a Washington Nationals blog - and needless to say, I was surprised.

From the Baltimore Sun: The Washington Nationals are interested in adding former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph to their coaching staff, Newsday reported. Washington, which fired five of its coaches after going 59-102 this season, would like Randolph to serve as a bench coach or thirdbase coach under Manny Acta, who served as Randolph's thirdbase coach with the Mets in 2005 and 2006. The Mets fired Randolph this season.
Interesting — I would not think Randolph would come to Washington just for the sake of having a job — however, the impact he could have with the Nationals could be profound. A proven winner, a multiple time champion, respected throughout the game (he got a raw deal in NYC, IMO).

But would he coming to Washington be contingent on let's say -- a managing job -- if the Nationals come off the tracks like they did in 2008?

I’d think he’d want to manage, or perhaps score a front office gig with an organization perhaps a little more conducive to winning at this stage. I like the guy a lot, but I cannot imagine him in Washington at all.

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