Cooperstown Chronicles – Willie Randolph

Mar 26, 2008

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Willie Randolph was suggested by  mroctobr44, a friend of mine from Sporting News.  Here are my findings.

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The Numbers
2202 Games
8018 At Bats
.276 Batting Average
1239 Runs
2210 Hits 
316 Doubles 
65 Triples
54 Home Runs 
687 RBI
2818 Total Bases 
271 Stolen Bases
1243 Walks

Playoffs:  47 games, 36 Hits in 162 At Bats (.222), 19 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 3 SB

Awards
6 All-Star Appearances
1 Silver Slugger
MVP Votes in 2 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average – Once
On-base % – Six times
Runs – Three times
Hits – Four times
Walks -Eight times (Led league in 1980)
Stolen Bases – Four times

Growing up I did like Willie Randolph.  He was a solid player.  He made a few All-Star games.  He was good at 2nd.  However, his numbers just don’t stack up.  Not even close.  Not only did he not achieve any of the milestones you need to get some consideration, he never really finished in even the top ten for the major categories.  He didn’t take home any Gold Gloves.  He’s the poster boy for a good, solid MLB player.  However, I’m not closing the door on him completely.  After three years as the Mets’ skipper he has 268 wins (.551).  He’s got a good, young team on is hands.  If he can stay in the game long enough to pick up another 732 wins or so I’d highly consider allowing him in based on what he did as a player AND a manager.  Time will tell if he’ll be able to do so. 

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References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion
Lou Whitaker
Alan Trammell
Ron Santo
Ron Guidry
Gil Hodges
Dave Parker
Tony Mullane
Keith Hernandez
Don Mattingly
Dwight Evans
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Harold Baines
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Joe Carter
Rusty Staub
Gary Gaetti
Jimmy Ryan
George Van Haltren
Roger Maris
Lance Parrish
Mo Vaughn
Mark Grace
Dennis Martinez
Chuck Finley
Fred McGriff
Wes Parker
Steve Finley
Orlando Cepeda
Albert Belle

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    March 26th, 2008 at 2:06 pm #

    I love Willie. He was part one of the main parts of the revival of the Yankees after a really terrible era for Yankee fans (65-75). But as a player he can not be voted in. However if he can have a great Mgr career then we can talk, But he will have to win several championships to even be considered.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 26th, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    Larry – Yep. He’ll need 1000 wins and a title likely. Or 1400-1500 wins. If he does that to go along with his career, I’m putting him in.

  3. nunzio
    March 26th, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    I AM A BIG SPORTS MAN BUT MY FAVORITE IS BOXING AND ALSO THE PAST PROS , ONE IS MY OLD FRIEND WHO FOUGHT PRO FROM SYRACUSE N.Y. MIKE DEJOHN WHO KNOCKED OUT SONNY LISTON IN THE FIRST ROUND IN THE 50′S – I MET MIKE IN VEGAS AND I CALLED HIM AT HIS HOME . MIKE AND MY FATHER WHO ALSO FOUGHT PRO HAD THE SAME FIRST NAME AS MINE “NUNZIO” AND PEOPLE NINCK NAMED HIM SPINNER AS HE WAS FAST WITH HIS HANDS IN THE RING AS WELL ON AS A SKATER . BOXING I HOPE WILL COME BACK TO SYRACUSE N.Y. AND ALSO AT THE TURNING STONE CASINO NEAR BY SYRACUSE I HOPE – FROM NUNZIO BAGLIERE SYRACUSE N.Y. E MAIL NUNZIO61@VERIZON.NET http://WWW.BAGLIERE.IMEEM.COM

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 26th, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    Not sure what that has to do with Willie Randolph, but I too wish boxing would make a comeback. I went to Syracuse though and have played at the Turning Stone. Many moons ago. Thanks for the comment, even if it doesn’t relate to the post.

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