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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000

Phils interview Yanks' Randolph

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Phillies interviewed Yankees third-base coach Willie Randolph on Wednesday for their managing job.

Phillies general manager Ed Wade and other team officials met with Randolph before Game 4 of the World Series.

"He is a strong candidate," Wade said. "He has experience, a winning attitude. I think he's got charisma, I think he's got a great knowledge of the game. He's dealt with very public circumstances and he's comfortable dealing with fans, with media and with the front office."

Seattle third-base coach Larry Bowa, a former player and coach with the Phillies, is scheduled to interview in Philadelphia today.

Randolph, 46, has been third-base coach for the Yankees since 1994. He also is a candidate for other managerial jobs. Randolph has coached in the post-season the past five years.

"Obviously (the Yankees' success) is a notch on his belt that he should be proud of," Wade said. "His winning attitude has served him well."

The Phillies fired Terry Francona on Oct. 1 after tying the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in the majors at 65-97.

WHITE SOX INTRODUCE GM: As vice president of player development, Ken Williams had a lot to do with the emergence of the youthful team. Now his task is bigger, the expectations greater, the public scrutiny more intense.

"For me, if we do not bring a championship or World Series to Chicago, in my mind I will have failed," Williams, the new general manager, said in a conference call.

"It doesn't matter about the criticism out there or the perceived pressure from other people. If I don't get the job done, I'll be harder on myself than anybody else."

The 36-year-old Williams, who has spent 15 years in the organization, succeeds Ron Schueler, who resigned Tuesday.

PREEMPTIVE STRIKE: If, as reported, the Reds are interested in asking permission from Boston to interview Jimy Williams for their vacant managerial position, they're wasting their time.

"Tell (Reds general manager Jim) Bowden to save his dime," Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said. "There's really no reason to call."

Bowden has interviewed eight candidates and plans to talk to as many as four others.

MESA TRIAL: Lawyers for Mariners reliever Jose Mesa asked a judge in Cleveland to dismiss a weapons charge, arguing Ohio law unfairly prevents people from carrying a concealed weapon for defensive purposes. In 1996, police stopped Mesa's car and found a gun in an unlocked compartment.

BBWAA VOTE: Ian MacDonald of the Gazette in Montreal was elected president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, replacing Charles Scoggins of the Sun in Lowell, Mass.

EX-OWNER'S HOME BURNS: A fire almost destroyed a Sun Valley, Idaho, home owned by former Mariners owner George Argyros, inflicting more than $8-million in damage. The cause of the fire, which started Oct. 18, was unknown.

RANGERS: The team released outfielder Pedro Valdes so he could try to sign with a team in Japan.

RED SOX: Wendell Kim won't return as third-base coach and was offered another job in the organization.

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