No surprise for Nats and Matt Williams
There was a time Matt Williams was one of the bigger names in baseball, an All-Star third baseman playing in San Francisco, Cleveland and Arizona. Time has passed since those days, so here is a crash course on the man reported to be the Washington Nationals next manager.
- Matt Williams, 47, is a native of Nevada and he played college baseball at UNLV.
- The San Francisco Giants drafted Williams No. 3 overall of the 1986 amateur draft.
- Williams makes his Major League debut on April 11, 1987 for the Giants.
- Williams played for the Giants in the 1989 World Series, forever remembered by the tragic earthquake that struck before Game 3.
- In 1990, Williams took the NL RBI title by bringing in 122 runs.
- In 1994, Williams claimed the NL home run total with 43 dingers.
- In 10 seasons with the Giants, Williams made the All-Star team four times. He also won three Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.
- Playing one year in the American League with the Cleveland Indians in 1997, Williams hit 32 home runs and was awarded the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award.
- Williams played for the Indians in the 1997 World Series, which the team lost to the Florida Marlins.
- Williams played the final six years of his 17-year career in Arizona, making the All-Star team in 1999 and finishing third in NL MVP voting.
- After losing twice in the World Series, Williams finally got a championship ring in 2001 when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees.
- For his career, Williams was a .268 hitter who averaged 33 home runs and 106 RBI per season.
- After his playing career, Williams transitioned to coaching.
- Prior to his arrival in Washington, Williams was the third base coach for the Diamondbacks.