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savafan
11-02-2006, 01:44 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/15906041.htm

JEFFREY FLANAGAN
The Kansas City Star

You may have seen former Royal Joe Randa’s name pop up on the list of free agents available for 2007.

Just ignore that.

“That was just paperwork, just a formality,” Randa told me. “I’m retired. I pretty much made up my mind before last season started that it would be my last.”

Randa, 36, endured an injury-filled season with the Pirates, playing in just 89 games. It was enough to cement his decision to step away from the game.

“Actually, physically, I think I could play more,” Randa said. “But mentally, I know I’m ready to move on to the next stage of my life. With the mental part, there was kind of a grind to it. The hotels, the travel, it kind of wears you down.

“Plus, I was on a team with a lot of 24-year-olds and 25-year-olds. The truth is, I don’t have that much in common with them anymore.”

By retiring, Randa, who lives in Leawood, will be able to spend a lot more time with his family.

“My kids have been chipping away at me to be home with them, and now I’ll get that chance,” he said. “It’s going to be weird because I can’t honestly remember what it’s like to not play baseball in the summer. It’s been that long.”

To keep his competitive juices flowing, Randa has picked up his tennis game — he plays about three times a week — and he also is dabbling in the broadcast field (what ex-Royal hasn’t)?

Randa is a regular once a week on WHB’s “Crunch Time” with Frank Boal and Dave Stewart. Randa also seems a natural for some analyst duty down the road.

“I’m not sure I want to dive into all of that right now,” Randa said. “I’ve done some stuff for ESPN in the past and I’m interested in that part of baseball, but just not right now. Maybe I’ll feel a little different next spring.

“But I sure don’t want to start traveling again anytime soon.”

Shaknb8k
11-02-2006, 01:48 PM
He will always be one of my favorite Reds....he gave me a memory I will be telling for years. Thanks Joe.

redsfan30
11-02-2006, 01:48 PM
Randa had decided to retire after last off season but the Pirates threw him enough money to come back.

Good luck in retirement, Joe!

Thanks for Opening Day 2005!

TeamBoone
11-02-2006, 01:58 PM
Good luck in retirement, Joe!

Thanks for Opening Day 2005!

I'll second that. Seemed like a down-to-earth kind of guy who was a good teammate.

NJReds
11-02-2006, 02:13 PM
Thanks, Joe.

http://espn-att.starwave.com/media/mlb/2005/0404/photo/a_randa_et.jpg

keeganbrick
11-02-2006, 02:45 PM
Have a good retirement "Super" Joe Randa.

MartyFan
11-02-2006, 02:46 PM
:clap:

Nice career!

Congratulations and good luck!

cumberlandreds
11-02-2006, 02:59 PM
Happy retirement! He seemed like a good guy who had one shining moment with the Reds that I will always remember.

Spring~Fields
11-02-2006, 03:22 PM
Joe you did a nice job for us, thank you.

redsupport
11-02-2006, 03:26 PM
thanks to Brandon Looper

redsfanfalcon
11-02-2006, 03:27 PM
Not just your average Joe, although the career says otherwise. Still, thanks for the memories.

jimbo
11-02-2006, 05:48 PM
Congrats and good luck to the Joker.

RedFanAlways1966
11-02-2006, 10:14 PM
Good luck in retirement, Joe!

Thanks for Opening Day 2005!

* Yes... a GW HR that that was part of a back-to-back (2-run blast by Adam Dunn that tied the game before Joe). REDS win 7-6.

* And in his 2nd game as a REDS player Joe went 3-for-4 with 6 RBIs... a 2-run single in the 1st off Tom Glavine and a grand slam HR in the 8th off Mike DeJean. REDS win 9-5. Joe's 1st 2 REDS games: 5-for-8, 2 HR, 7 RBI.

* His last REDS game was July 22, 2005. He went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, a HR and 3 RBIs. REDS win 11-6.

A likable guy who helped give Edwin one more year of seasoning. I remember thinking after his 1st two games in 2005 that the REDS had signed The Natural. Of course we all knew he'd come back to earth (.847 OPS for the REDS), but it was neat to see a new REDS player start off with such a bang. He was able to get a playoff appearance that year after the REDS traded him to the Padres for Germano & Click. I hope he enjoys his retirement and new pursuits.

kbrake
11-02-2006, 10:23 PM
Thanks Joe, my favorite Opening Day so far.

BoydsOfSummer
11-02-2006, 11:44 PM
Seems like he'd be a good organizational type guy to bring back; Minor league instructor, manager type.

Nothing but pleasant memories of his Reds stay. Good luck to him, whatever he does.

shredda2000
11-03-2006, 08:49 AM
Say it ain't so Joe...Good luck on your retirement!!!

Chip R
11-03-2006, 08:52 AM
Good luck, Joe. Thanks for the memories.