Bob Randall (baseball)

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Bob Randall
Second baseman
Born: (1948-06-10) June 10, 1948 (age 70)
Norton, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1976, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
May 31, 1980, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average .257
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 91
Teams

Robert Lee Randall (born June 10, 1948) is a former professional baseball second baseman. He played five seasons in Major League Baseball from 1976 until 1980, all for the Minnesota Twins.

Randall was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in three separate drafts: 1966, 1968, and finally the 2nd round in 1969, after which he signed. For the next five and a half years, he worked his way through the Dodgers' farm system, never playing at the major league level. Then, he got his first break, being traded to the Twins in exchange for reserve outfielder Danny Walton.

Randall's second, and even more important, break was the Twins' decision to move future Hall of Famer Rod Carew to first base, opening up second base for Randall, who beat out Jerry Terrell for the job in spring training. Randall capitalized on the opportunity, batting .267 in 153 games in 1976 while finishing 4th in the American League in sacrifice hits.

That turned out to be the high mark of Randall's career. He spent the next two seasons splitting time at second base with Rob Wilfong, losing the starting job to the lefty-hitting Wilfong entirely in 1979. The following spring, he was released by the Twins, but was re-signed in May. He played in just five games in the majors in 1980, going 3-for-15, before being released, and Randall retired soon afterwards.

Following Randall's major league career, he turned to the college coaching ranks. He was head baseball coach at Iowa State University from 1985 to 1995, going 309–311–1 before leaving to be head coach at the University of Kansas from 1996 until 2002, going 166–213. [1] He is currently the assistant baseball coach and a professor of economics at Manhattan Christian College.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1985–1995)
1985[2] Iowa State 22–38 6–15
1986[3] Iowa State 25–33–1 6–17
1987[4] Iowa State 25–27 7–13
1988[5] Iowa State 27–31 8–16 T–5th
1989[6] Iowa State 33–27 11–13
1990 Iowa State 36–26
1991[7] Iowa State 33–26 12–12
1992[8][9] Iowa State 33–23 11–13 T–4th
1993[10][11] Iowa State 17–28 5–18 7th
1994[12][13] Iowa State 30–28 15–14 4th
1995[14] Iowa State 28–24 13–12
Iowa State: 309–311–1
Kansas Jayhawks (Big Eight Conference / Big 12 Conference) (1996–2002)
1996 Kansas 26–30 11–17 6th
1997 Kansas 31–25 12–18 8th
1998 Kansas 22–29 7–20 11th
1999 Kansas 14–40 4–26 10th
2000 Kansas 25–30 10–20 9th
2001 Kansas 26–30 7–23 11th
2002 Kansas 22–29 5–21 10th
Kansas: 166–213
Total: 475–524–1

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/kan/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/09mediaguide-section8.pdf
  2. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  8. ^ Craig K. Gowens. "1992 Big Eight Conference Standings". utexas.edu. Archived from the original on 14 June 2003. 
  9. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  10. ^ "Lawrence Journal-World – Google News Archive Search". google.com. 
  11. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  12. ^ Craig K. Gowens. "1994 Big Eight Conference Standings". utexas.edu. Archived from the original on 14 June 2003. 
  13. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  14. ^ "Official NCAA Baseball Statistics Summary" (PDF). Web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 

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