Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965), nicknamed " Matt the Bat " and " The Big Marine " is an American professional baseball manager and former third baseman who is the manager for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League. A right-handed batter, Williams played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, and ...
Nov 28, 2010 · Matt Williams. Positions: Third Baseman and Shortstop Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-2, 205lb (188cm, 92kg) . Born: November 28, 1965 in Bishop, CA us Draft: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 27th round of the 1983 MLB June Amateur Draft from Carson HS (Carson City, NV) and the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (3rd) of the 1986 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Nevada, Las ...
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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.
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. 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, plus a quick release with his strong and accurate arm. Williams was one of the premier fielders at third base, as he earned four Gold Glove Awardsbetween 1991 and 1997. A hitter with exceptional power, six times he hit more than 30 home runs in a baseball 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), even though this was a Major League Baseball season that was shortened by nea...
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 Gonzalezin 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,and also assisted in coaching and with player personnel matters. Williams was hired in November 2009 by the Diamondbacks to be the 1st-base coach for 2010. Williams moved from 1st-base coach to 3rd-base coach for the 2011 season, while working under 1st-year manager Kirk Gibson.
On October 31, 2013, the Washington Nationals announced that they had hired Williams to replace Davey Johnsonas their manager for the 2014 season.
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. Williams later told the Chroniclehe 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.
Williams became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Famein 2009. He received just 1.3% of the votes, and was dropped off the ballot.
Williams has been married three times. 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. The couple had no children, and in July 2002 their divorce became final. In 2003 Mr. 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 2002. Also 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 Paradise Valley, Arizona. Williams is the grandson of former major league outfielder Bert Griffith.
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Feb 19, 2020 · Matt Williams. The 54-year-old former Giants third baseman is a manager again, this time with South Korea’s Kia Tigers. “You never know whether you’re going to get another chance to manage ...
Mar 30, 2021 · Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965), nicknamed “ Matt the Bat ” and “ The Big Marine ” is an American skilled baseball supervisor and former third baseman who’s the supervisor for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League. A right-handed batter, Williams performed in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland ...
Williams paid the price when he was fired, along with his entire coaching staff, on October 5th, the day after the season ended. Williams returned to the Diamondbacks as third base coach in 2016 but stayed for only one season. In 2018, he was hired by the Oakland Athletics as their third base coach and stayed until the end of the 2019 season.
Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965), nicknamed "Matt the Bat" and "The Big Marine" is an American professional baseball manager and former third baseman who is the manager for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League.
- Matt Williams, 1998-2003. Key fact: Won four Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards while appearing in five All-Star Games, including 1999, when he was the starter at third for the National League.
- Jake Lamb, 2014-present. Key fact: Lamb and Williams are the only two D-backs third basemen to be selected to an All-Star team. Fun fact: Has “JD2” stitched into his glove for his family friend, Josh Dickerson, who passed away from rhabdomyocarcoma, a rare form of cancer, paying homage to Josh's high school number.
- Mark Reynolds, 2007-10. Key fact: In his three full seasons in Arizona, he hit 104 homers at third base (and 121 for his career with the D-backs) Fun fact: Nicknamed “The Sheriff” by D-backs radio play-by-play man Greg Schulte.
- Eduardo Escobar, 2018-present. Key fact: Has played every position except for first base. Fun fact: Is deathly afraid of cats, and his teammates will often sneak up on him with a stuffed animal cat to startle him.
Mar 09, 2018 · Matt Williams’ Megamansion in Arizona Slides Onto the Market for $9.5M. Five-time All-Star third baseman Matt Williams held down the hot corner for the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks team that ...
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