TAMPA — Willie Randolph was the Yankees second baseman when in the mid-to-late 1970s when Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson were explosive teammates. He was Yankee in September 1985 when Eddie Whitson was so upset about not pitching that he started a fight with Billy Martin in a Baltimore hotel bar that led to kicking, punching and the manager suffering a broken arm.
At first glance, you may not think that former New York Yankees second baseman Willie Randolph may not have the numbers to be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, especially when you look at the traditional numbers that baseball writers used 20, 25 years ago for voting in players.
Throughout the years, the New York Yankees have had some of the best players ever to play the game at Yankee Stadium. Players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and so many more. Some of them were household names, while others did not receive the recognition they deserved. Willie Randolph is one of those players having dropped off the everyday news. But today, we focus on his great career with the Yankees.
It goes without saying that baseball has evolved a great deal since its beginning. The rules have changed, the players have changed, and these days, there are more metrics that help us get a better understanding for player evaluation, and whether you’re a big fan of that or not, it is what it is. No GM, front office member or coach will turn his back on knowledge.
Editor’s Note: With the lockout here and a serious lack of baseball news to write about, we figured now is the time to talk about some fun historical stuff. So we’re going to be running a Best and Worst Pirates Trades series. We’re not going to rank them, but each writer is going to pick out a best or worst Bucco move of their choice and revisit it. It’ll give us something to pass the time. Enjoy the series! - DY.