Matt Williams (third baseman)

Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965), nicknamed "Matt the Bat" and "The Big Marine" is a former professional baseball third baseman and current third base coach for the Oakland Athletics. A right-handed batter, Williams played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, the Cleveland Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the manager of the Washington Nationals from 2014 to 2015.

Williams played in a World Series for each of these teams (1989 with the Giants, 1997 with the Indians, and 2001 with the Diamondbacks in which he won over the New York Yankees). During these years, Williams became the only player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different Major League baseball teams.[1] During his career, Williams had an overall batting average of .268, with 378 home runs and 1218 runs batted in (RBIs). He scored 997 Major League runs, and he accumulated 1878 hits, 338 doubles, and 35 triples, while playing in 1866 regular-season games. As of August, 2015 – 13 years after his final game – he still ranks in the top 75 all-time players for career home runs and the top 150 all-time players for career RBIs.

Matt Williams
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Williams with the Washington Nationals in 2014
Oakland Athletics – No. 4
Third baseman / Manager
Born: November 28, 1965 (age 53)
Bishop, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1987, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 31, 2003, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Batting average.268
Home runs378
Runs batted in1,218
Managerial record179–145
Winning %.552
As player

As manager

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Early life

Williams originally was selected by the New York Mets from Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada, but he did not sign with the Mets. Williams was the starting quarterback on the Carson Senators football team in high school. Two of his teammates who played baseball in high school, Bob Ayrault and Charlie Kerfeld, also played baseball in the major leagues.

San Francisco Giants

Williams accepted a baseball scholarship to play for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and after attending college and playing baseball there, Williams was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (the 3rd pick) of the 1986 pro baseball draft. Williams began his major league career in 1987 primarily as a short stop for the Giants while playing some games at third base also. He played both short stop and third base until the 1990 season when he became the starting third baseman for the Giants and went on to lead the National League in Runs Batted In with 122 while making the National League All Star team. Despite suffering from several leg injuries and some lower-back ailments, Williams was an excellent fielder at third base, and a dangerous and productive hitter. As a third baseman, Williams had good reflexes and excellent hands, with a quick release and strong, accurate arm. During his career he earned four Gold Glove Awards, all between 1991 and 1997.

A hitter with exceptional power, six times he hit more than 30 home runs in a season as a Giant, with more than 90 runs batted in. His best season was 1994 when he hit a National League-best 43 home runs and had an impressive 96 runs batted in (RBI) in only 110 games as the Major League Baseball season was shortened by nearly one-third because of a season-ending strike by Major League baseball players. He was on pace to challenge the single season home run record of 61, at the time held by Roger Maris, with his 43 home runs in 115 games projecting to 60.6 home runs at season's end. Williams finished second in the voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award that year behind first baseman, Jeff Bagwell, of the Houston Astros.

Arizona Diamondbacks

William (left) as third base coach with the Diamondbacks in 2011

Williams was an original member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and holds the Diamondbacks record for the most RBIs in one season with a total of 142 during 1999. (This record has since been tied by Luis Gonzalez in 2001, but has never been exceeded.)

Williams was a partial owner of the Diamondbacks, and carried the title of "Special Assistant to the General Partner". Williams occasionally also served as color commentator during Diamondbacks radio and television broadcasts,[2] and also assisted in coaching and with player personnel matters.

Williams was hired in November 2009 by the Diamondbacks to be the first base coach for 2010. Williams moved from first base coach to third base coach for the 2011 season, while working under first-year manager Kirk Gibson.

Managerial career

Washington Nationals

On October 31, 2013, the Washington Nationals announced that they had hired Williams to replace Davey Johnson as their manager for the 2014 season.[3] Prior to the 2015 season, the Nationals exercised an option to extend Williams through the 2016 season.[4] Williams managed the Nationals to a NL East division title and the playoffs,[5] but lost the NLDS to the San Francisco Giants. Williams was named the 2014 National League Manager of the Year.

On October 5, 2015, the Nationals terminated Williams after a disappointing season where they were favored to win the World Series and failed to make the postseason.[6] He finished with a record of 179 wins and 145 losses.[7]

Managerial record

As of 2018 Season. [8]
Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 2014 162 96 66 .593 1st in NL East 1 3 .250 Lost in NLDS
WAS 2015 162 83 79 .512 2nd in NL East (fired)
Total 324 179 145 .552 1 3 .250

Coaching career

Williams was hired as the Oakland Athletics' third base coach in November 2017.[9]

Other work

Williams joined NBC Sports Bay Area in 2017 as a studio analyst, appearing before and after San Francisco Giants telecasts.[10]

Steroid allegations

On November 6, 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Williams purchased $11,600 worth of human growth hormone, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach clinic in 2002.[11] Williams later told the Chronicle he used HGH on the advice of a doctor to treat an ankle injury he suffered during spring training in 2002.

On December 13, 2007, he was named among the dozens of players alleged to have used steroids in the Mitchell Report, commissioned by Major League Baseball and written by former Senator George J. Mitchell.[12]

Hall of Fame candidacy

Williams became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He received just 1.3% of the votes, and was dropped off the ballot.[13]

Personal life

Williams has been married three times. His first wife, Tracie, left with their three children for another.[14][15] His second wife (January 1999 – July 2002) was the American film actress, Michelle Johnson. She filed for divorce in 2002, listing irreconcilable differences as the reason.[16] The couple had no children, and in July 2002 their divorce was final. In 2003, Williams became engaged to Phoenix news anchor, Erika Monroe, who is a TV news anchor from KTVK-TV, a TV hostess and creator of the cooking and lifestyle website, The Hopeless Housewife; they married in 2003.[15] In 2007 the couple co-hosted the weekend pre-game shows for the Arizona Diamondbacks called "DBacks on Deck". They are the parents of one child and live in Bel Air, California.

Williams is the grandson of former major league outfielder Bert Griffith.

See also


  1. ^ Washington Nationals, Matt Williams #9 Page Accessed March 11, 2013
  2. ^ Franchise-best 151 D-backs games to be televised in 2007
  3. ^ Comak, Amanda (October 31, 2013). "Nationals Name Matt Williams Manager". Blogs.
  4. ^ Janes, Chelsea; Wagner, James (February 21, 2015). "Nationals exercise 2016 option on manager Matt Williams". The Washington Post.
  5. ^ "2014 National League Standings". Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Washington Nationals fire manager Matt Williams". ESPN. October 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Matt Williams". Retrieved April 12, 2015.
  8. ^
  9. ^ @JaneMLB (November 17, 2017). "Matt Williams will be back on the field in the Bay Area next year. He's agreed to be the A's third-base coach" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Pavlovic, Alex. "Matt Williams joins NBC Sports Bay Area's Giants TV coverage". Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  11. ^ Mark Fainaru-Wada & Lance Williams (November 6, 2007). "Baseball's Jose Guillen, Matt Williams bought steroids from clinic". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 20, 2008.
  12. ^ Nightengale, Bob; Ortiz, Jorge L.; White, Paul (March 3, 2010). "The '07 Mitchell Report's effect: Five active players reflect". USA Today.
  13. ^ Antonen, Mel (January 15, 2009). "Rice joins Henderson as newest baseball Hall of Famers". USA Today.
  14. ^ Jenkins, Bruce (October 9, 1997). "Life Jabs at Williams / Divorce after trade to Indians". San Francisco Chronicles. Retrieved May 15, 2016. Tracie asked for a divorce not long after the Giants traded Williams to Cleveland. The news blindsided him like a Mack truck...
  15. ^ a b Kilgore, Adam (February 7, 2014). "Matt Williams: Before the Washington Nationals, two jarring blows altered his path". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  16. ^ "Matt Williams' actress-wife seeks divorce". Sports Illustrated. July 16, 2002. Retrieved October 9, 2007.

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List of San Francisco Giants first-round draft picks

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in San Francisco, California. They play in the National League West division. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks. Since the establishment of the draft in 1965, the Giants have selected 68 players in the first round.Of those 68 players, 32 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 23 of these were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. The Giants have also selected twelve outfielders, seven shortstops, six catchers, four third basemen, and three players each at first and second base. One player, 2010 selection Gary Brown, was drafted as a center fielder. The franchise has drafted eight players from colleges or high schools in their home state of California, more than any other. The Giants have never held the first-overall pick, but they did have the second pick in 1985, with which they drafted Will Clark.Four of San Francisco's first-round draft picks have won three World Series championships with the team—Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Buster Posey—all as part of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 championship teams. Two of the Giants' selections have won the National League Rookie of the Year Award: Gary Matthews (drafted in 1968) won in 1973; and Posey (drafted in 2008) won the award in 2010. Posey was also named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2012. Three of the Giants selections have been named the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series; Matthews in 1983 with Philadelphia, Clark in 1989 and Bumgarner in 2014. Bumgarner was also named Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series. Lincecum, the Giants' 2006 selection, won the Cy Young Award—awarded annually to the best pitcher in each league—in 2008 and 2009.San Francisco has made 16 selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have also received 12 compensatory picks since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Giants have failed to sign two of their first-round selections: 1979 pick Rick Luecken; and 1996 pick Matt White. The Giants did not receive any compensation for Luecken, but they did receive the 49th pick in 1997 for failing to sign White.

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