Carter apologizes for comments saying he wanted Mets' job

Updated: May 27, 2008, 1:43 PM ET news services

Gary Carter said Tuesday that he's not campaigning for the manager's job with the New York Mets and that he "hope the Mets can turn this thing around and they can go on and win the World Series."

Carter was interviewed on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning show.

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Gary Carter talked to Mike and Mike in the Morning and apologized to anyone upset about his comments regarding the Mets' managerial job and Willie Randolph's job status in particular. Podcast Insider

"I want to clear this up especially," Carter said Tuesday. "I never wanted to try to undermine or do anything to bring this to a situation where I'm trying to campaign for something.

"I would love to get back to the big leagues as a coach, possibly a manager. I would love that opportunity. [But] I wish Willie well."

The interview came days after Carter was quoted as saying: "I just want them to know of my availability. I'm only a phone call away because my contract allows me to leave the ballclub. I could be in New York tomorrow, if necessary, because if there's anything at the major league level I can leave this job."

Carter is currently managing the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden League in California. During the original interview on "The Mike & Murray Show" on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, he said he called Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz to ask if it would be a good idea to phone owner Fred Wilpon about a possible job opening.

"I hope that this monster that's been created can be resolved," Carter said on ESPN Radio Tuesday. "Believe me, my intentions were not that whatsoever."

Carter explained his answer, at one point saying: " ESPN started this whole thing by saying that Willie's job was maybe in jeopardy. I was simply asked a question 'Would you be interested.' And I said, 'Well, yeah.' But I'm out here managing the Orange County Flyers and so. It was created into something bigger than it should have been."

Carter said he feels badly for Randolph. "It's unfortunately for Willie's sake that this has transpired," Carter said. "He's a good man, a good baseball man."

Carter added that he was surprised at the reaction. "I never thought that this would going to get as big as it did," he said on Mike and Mike. "I apologize if that was harmful to anybody. I wasn't trying to undermine anybody."

Carter was asked how he would answer the question if it's asked of him again. His answer: "Willie Randolph is the manager and until something happens, leave me out of it."

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report