|Second baseman / Shortstop|
October 4, 1943 |
Santa Maria, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 26, 1966 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 21, 1967 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||1|
|Career highlights and awards|
Williams, a former infielder who threw and batted right-handed, graduated from Arroyo Grande, California, High School and Fresno State University. He signed originally with the Boston Red Sox and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1965 Rule 5 draft. He appeared in 14 games for the Cards over two seasons 1966–67, but had only 13 at bats, compiling a batting average of .231. Although he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds after the 1967 season, then selected in the 1968 expansion draft by the Montreal Expos, he never appeared in an MLB game for either club. The first pitcher Williams ever faced was Sandy Koufax. He got his first hit off another Hall of Famer: Juan Marichal.
His playing days cut short by a shoulder injury, Williams began his minor league managing career with the California Angels in 1974. He soon reached the Triple-A level and was appointed the third base coach of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980.
Williams remained as Toronto's third base coach for six seasons, until he was promoted to manager in 1986 when Bobby Cox abruptly left the organization to rejoin the Atlanta Braves. Williams was the Blue Jays' manager until the 1989 season, when he was fired and replaced by Cito Gaston after the team got off to a very poor start. He spent 1991–96 with the Atlanta Braves as their third base coach, working again under Bobby Cox. While with the Braves, Williams developed an outstanding reputation as a teaching coach, especially adept at working with infielders.
Williams has since managed with the Red Sox, leading them to wild card playoff berths in 1998 and 1999 (the latter involved the Red Sox reaching the American League Championship Series against their arch-rivals the New York Yankees, who wound up beating them 4 games to 1). But Williams' relationship with general manager Dan Duquette soured, especially after Duquette publicly backed volatile outfielder Carl Everett after a September 2000 dispute with Williams. Red Sox fans routinely disparaged him on the Internet, using the epithet "Dumy." When the Red Sox, depleted by injuries, slumped in August 2001, Duquette fired Williams. The club then lost 27 of 43 games under Duquette's appointee, Joe Kerrigan.
Williams then took command of the Houston Astros beginning in 2002. While serving as a National League coach at the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston, at a time when the Astros were struggling at the .500 mark, the crowd at Minute Maid Park responded to the introduction of Williams with a decidedly mixed reaction, in contrast to the ovations generally given members of the home team who are introduced at an All Star game.
The Astros fired Williams and two principal coaches the following day, having likely waited until after the festivities to avoid a public embarrassment. Williams was replaced by Phil Garner, who led the Astros to within one game of going to their first ever World Series before managing Houston to the NL pennant in 2005.
He was named the Phillies bench coach on October 16, 2006 and continued with that role through the Phillies 2008 World Series Championship season. Williams decided not to return to his position for the 2009 season. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said "As far as I know, it's not like that he left on a bad note."
- As of February 13, 2014
|Team||From||To||Regular season record||Post–season record|
|W||L||Win %||Ref.||W||L||Win %||Ref.|
|Toronto Blue Jays||1986||1989||281||241||.538||||0||0||.000|
|Boston Red Sox||1997||2001||414||352||.540||||5||9||.357|||
Relatives in baseball
Jimy Williams is not to be confused with James Bernard Williams, no relation, a Canadian former minor league outfielder and manager and MLB coach with the Astros and Baltimore Orioles. He is, however, a distant relative of Red Sox great Ted Williams, who was his staunch advocate when he managed in Boston.
Brady Williams, Jimy Williams' son, was chosen by the Red Sox in the 45th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft and had a seven-year playing career as an infielder in minor league and independent league baseball. He has been a manager in the Tampa Bay Rays' system since 2009 and in 2014 will helm the Montgomery Biscuits, the Rays' Double-A affiliate in the Southern League.
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- "Jimy Williams Phillies profile". Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Jimy Williams Leaves". Retrieved 2008-11-10.
- "Jimy Williams". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- "1998 Boston Red Sox". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- "1999 Boston Red Sox". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
- Montgomery Advertiser baseball blog
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Baseball-Reference.com – Career Managerial Record
- Philadelphia Phillies Bio
|Toronto Blue Jays third base coach
|Atlanta Braves third base coach
|Philadelphia Phillies bench coach