Via Tom Haudricourt:
I just heard from a very reliable source that former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph was scheduled to be interviewed today for the Brewers’ managerial opening.
That makes perfect sense because I’ve written from the beginning that Randolph would be one of the candidates for the job.
Randolph is the second candidate that I know has been interviewed, including former Arizona manager Ken Macha. I also suspect that former Arizona manager Bob Brenly has been interviewed but I don’t know that for a fact.
Randolph was interviewed by the previous Brewers regime for the job that went to Davey Lopes before the 2000 season.
Baseball has minority hiring guidelines but I don’t believe that’s solely why Randolph is being interviewed. They are looking for a manager with previous experience and success at the big-league level and Randolph fits those criteria. Also, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio grew up in the Bronx as a Yankees fan and Randolph would be an attractive name to him.
I also learned today that Buck Showalter has not been in touch with the Brewers about the job. Now an analyst for ESPN, Showalter has managed in New York, Arizona and Texas back and goes back with Melvin to their days as players in the Yankees’ farm system.
It would not shock me to see Randolph get the Brewers’ job. If so, I hope he hires a good pitching coach – he’s going to need it.