Matt Williams (third baseman)

Matt Williams (third baseman)
Matt Williams

Third baseman
Born: November 28, 1965 (1965-11-28) (age 45)
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
Career statistics
Batting average     .268
Home runs     378
Runs batted in     1,218
Career highlights and awards

Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965 in Bishop, California), nicknamed "Matt the Bat", is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played for the San Francisco Giants, the Cleveland Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Williams played in a World Series for each of these teams (1989 with the Giants, 1997 with the Indians, and 2001 with the Diamondbacks). During these years, Williams became the only player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different Major League baseball teams.[citation needed] During his career, Williams had an overall batting average of .268, with 378 home runs and 1218 runs batted in. He scored 997 Major League runs, and he accumulated 1878 hits, 338 doubles, and 35 triples, while playing in 1866 regular-season games.


Early life

Williams was originally selected by the New York Mets from Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada, but he did not sign with the Mets. In high school, Williams also started as quarterback on the Carson Senators football team. Two of his high school teammates in baseball, 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 at 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 bodily reactions 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 Awards from 1991 through 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 accumulated 96 runs batted in (RBI), even though this was a Major League Baseball season that was shortened by nearly one-third because of a season-ending strike by Major League baseball players. Williams finished second in the voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award that year, finishing behind the first baseman Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Williams was an original member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he 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 never exceeded).

Williams is now a partial owner of the Diamondbacks, and he carries the title of "Special Assistant to the General Partner". Williams also occasionally serves as color commentator during Diamondbacks radio and television broadcasts,[1] and has also assisted in coaching and player personnel matters.

Williams was hired in November 2009 by the Diamondbacks to be their first base coach for 2010. Williams is moving from 1st base coach to 3rd base coach for the 2011 season, while working under 1st year manager Kirk Gibson.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Personal life

Williams has been married three times. His second wife (January 1999 - July 2002) was the American film actress Michelle Johnson. In 2002, she filed for divorce, listing irreconcilable differences as the reason.[5] This married couple had no children, and in July 2002, their divorce was final. In 2003, Mr. Williams became engaged to another woman.[6] Since then, he has married Erika Monroe, who is a TV News anchor from KTVK-TV, and a TV hostess. 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.

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

See also


External links

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