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1 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 12, 2015 11:42 am

From the article linked within this article, it seems Espada (infield coach) wants to be a manager someday. What better way than to be in the dugout and witnessing all the action? I'm leaning towards the likely reality that Willie Randolph is not making a comeback to the dugout in any form or fashion while Girardi's managing. Perhaps he turned down the offer he was given, or there wasn't a match; who knows? Would have been nice to see him back in pinstripes, that's all. Good luck to the new guys (they'll definitely need it).

2 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jan 12, 2015 11:42 am

Okay, the following violates every principle of personal discretion, organizational confidentiality, and human resources ethics, but this is a website so I don' care:

Somebody in the Yankees leadership stand up and tell me why Willie Randolph doesn't get a job if Willie Randolph wants a job.

Willie is in the sin-for-free pantheon as far as I'm concerned. I'm being more emotional than rational here, but not entirely irrational. You can certainly debate his Mets stint, but we're talking baserunning and defense here, not giving him the keys to the whole show.

3 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jan 12, 2015 11:55 am

[1] Will and I crossed in the mail - it looks as if I was rebutting him but I'm not. His points about Randolph possibly having other plans (or that he and Girardi don't mix) are good ones.

4 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 12, 2015 12:59 pm

[3] Hey I agree with you, I'm really, really hoping it was one of those two issues and nothing else. And let me further state that as far as his Mets tenure is concerned, Willie took the Mets closer than anyone has in the last decade; were it not for a couple of bad-luck moments they could have been playing for a championship. I blame the players and Jerry Manuel's backstabbing him for the Mets' and his demise thereafter, and an almost exact similar swoon under Manuel's management further exonerates Willie in my mind for what happened there.

The passion is still there with him, so how the Yanks could or would not find a place for him within he organization beyond a ceremonial figurehead position is way beyond me unless Girardi is reprising his Captain Queeg persona from day one on the job. I do like Joe as the manager, but in my opinion he's got to get over having inferior coaches on his staff he can control as opposed to ones who could enhance his managing a la Zim with Torre (even if they could step in if things go terribly wrong).

That said, let's wait and see. I hope Girardi's not beyond upgrading the third base coaching position as well, but again that's my opinion.

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jan 12, 2015 2:32 pm

[4] Yeah, sorry Rob Thomson, but I'm sure there is no shortage of miniature golf courses that will need a windmill if they wise up and make Willie the 3B/infield defense/baserunning/awesomeness coach.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 12, 2015 4:44 pm

Ugh. So the word is Rob Thomson is moving to bench coach and Tony Peña gets bumped to first while Espada will be at third. So while I don't know what kind of impact Espada will have there, shuffling Tony and Rob seems like an absolute wash. Basically, no Willie. Wish someone with more intimate knowledge of the dynamics could explain this.

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