Roundup: Randolph, Gibson on deck

The Mets have received permission from the Yankees to interview managerial candidate Willie Randolph and will also meet with Kirk Gibson, it was reported Wednesday. <P> For Randolph, his upcoming date with the Mets will represent a second interview for a managerial vacancy in Queens.

The managerial hopeful met with the team two seasons ago, but his lack of experience managing at any level has worked against him in the interview process.

However, Randolph spent this past season as the bench coach under Joe Torre, filling the role held by Don Zimmer. It may only serve to enhance the baseball background of the former infielder, who had a brief stint with with the Mets in 1992.

Meanwhile, the Mets have already set a date next week to meet with Gibson, the hero of the 1988 World Series who is currently serving as the Detroit Tigers' bench coach under Alan Trammell. Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo stops by Shea Stadium on Friday.

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