Willie Randolph was hired by the Mets, taking over as manager of a troubled team trying to compete with its cross-town rival for success, free agents and fans.

A six-time all-star who was a coach with the Yankees for the past 11 years, Randolph replaces Art Howe, fired at the end of the season. Randolph will be introduced today at a news conference at Shea Stadium. . . .

Charlie Manuel will be the next manager of the Phillies, replacing the fired Larry Bowa, baseball officials told the Associated Press last night. Manuel, 60, managed the Indians from 2000 to '02.

Meantime, Bowa has been offered a job as bench coach for the Marlins. . . .

Phil Garner told the AP was retained by the Astros; he'd been interim manager.

* GOLD GLOVES: Cubs RHP Greg Maddux won his 14th Gold Glove award, while his former teammate, Braves OF Andruw Jones, was honored for a seventh straight year for his outstanding defensive work.

The Cardinals dominated the NL Gold Glove award voting as C Mike Matheny, 3B Scott Rolen and OF Jim Edmonds were all selected.

Other NL Gold Glove winners were Rockies 1B Todd Helton, Marlins 2B Luis Castillo and SS Cesar Izturis and OF Steve Finley of the Dodgers.

* REPORT: STOTTLEMYRE OUT: Mel Stottlemyre won't return as pitching coach of the Yankees, the New York Times reported yesterday. Yankees GM Brian Cashman wouldn't discuss the team's coaching staff.

-- From News Services