Saturday, September 30, 2006

Willie Randolph's Success

Randolph is the first manager in major league history to improve his team's win total by at least 12 games in each of his first two seasons as a big league skipper (excluding seasons following strike-shortened years). The last veteran manager to do that in his first two seasons with a team was Gil Hodges, also for the Mets. The Mets, who were 61-101 in 1967, won 73 games in 1968, Hodges' first year with the club, then won 100 games (and the World Series) in Gil's second season in New York. (Hodges managed the Washington Senators from 1963-67.)

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