Flipside: I never realized that Randolph was such a singles hitter until analyzing his stats. He never hit more than 7 HR in a season and his 43 extra base hits in '77 established a high water mark, hitting over 33 just one more time.
Oddball: Randolph played his whole career as a second-baseman except for ten games at DH and one unfortunate game at third. Late in his rookie year he started a 9/28 affair at the hot corner in the first half of a double header against the Cardinals. Randolph made three errors, but was not the only one kicking the ball around that day as teammates Rennie Stennett and John Candeleria also made two errors each. That's right, the Pirates committed seven errors in that game, leading to five unearned runs and a 6-2 loss.
History: Randolph captured two World Series rings early in his career, yet he seems under rated for someone with his career totals. Although he posted six seasons with 1.0 or more dWAR, he never won a Gold Glove. His on base skills would be more appreciated by todays fans and the many savvy analytical types currently holding GM positions in baseball. Among players who spent at least 75% of their career at secondbase, only nine others have more than Randolph's 60.7 career Wins Above Replacement. In Hall of Fame voting, he received 1.1% in '98 and fell off the ballot.
After his playing career, Randolph coached with the Yankees where he worked until 2004. He then moved across town to the Mets where he managed for three and a half turbulent years. Since then he was on staff with the Brewers for two years and the Orioles for one. In 2012, Randolph will try his hand at studio work, as he joins the crew on the Yankees Daily Show.