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Yankees interested in bringing back Randolph

Club interviews 6-time World Series champion about coaching vacancy

NEW YORK -- The Yankees recently interviewed Willie Randolph for a position on the team's coaching staff, has learned.

Randolph is believed to have met with the club in November, shortly following the dismissals of hitting coach Kevin Long and infield coach Mick Kelleher. News of Randolph's interview was first reported on Monday by CBS Sports.

The Yankees' interest in Randolph would be to fill the position previously held by Kelleher, working with the club's infielders and coaching first base during games.

New York interviewed several candidates for their open coaching slots in late October and November but were unable to find a match. General manager Brian Cashman said the team decided to shelve that pursuit of coaches until the new year, opting to focus instead on the free-agent and trade markets.

Randolph, 60, played 13 of his 18 seasons with the Yankees and won six World Series rings in pinstripes, including four as a coach. He managed the Mets from 2005-08 and last held an on-field position as a third-base coach with the Orioles in 2011.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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