|Born: April 1, 1983|
|July 25, 2010, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 5, 2012, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
|Runs batted in||29|
William Daniel Rhymes (born April 1, 1983) is an American former professional baseball second baseman and current front office executive for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His title is Director of Player Development. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays.
Rhymes was raised in Houston, Texas and has an identical twin brother named Jonathan.As a young child Rhymes first played baseball at West U. Little league in Houston, Texas where he first showcased his skills. Rhymes attended Lamar High School in Houston where he played baseball.
Rhymes played college baseball at The College of William & Mary, where he majored in biology, rushed the fraternity of Lambda Chi Alpha, and graduated in 2005. It was at William & Mary that Will met his wife, Anna Pawlow. They were married on December 30, 2011.
Rhymes first earned attention from Major League scouts while playing collegiate summer baseball with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2004. Though initially recruited as a temporary player, Rhymes's extraordinary effort and superb performance on the field earned him a contract through the entire summer and a starting spot at second base. Rhymes earned a reserve spot in the mid-season East Division All Stars as well as the post-season league-wide All Star Team.
Rhymes was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 27th Round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He was promoted to the big league club on July 25, 2010, after injuries struck the Tigers lineup and made his major league debut the same day in a pinch-hitting role against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rhymes was optioned back to the AAA Toledo Mud Hens following the return of the Tigers injured second baseman but was recalled August 18, 2010.
On September 20, 2010, Rhymes hit his first major league career home run off of Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. Rhymes home run was initially ruled an RBI triple but after further review of the replay, the ruling on the field was overturned and ruled a two-run home run after it bounced off the horizontal iron support above the wall in right. This is the first incidence in which an instant replay review granted a player the first home run of their career.
It was announced at the start of the 2011 baseball season that Rhymes would make the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, and would be the starting second baseman for the Tigers.
Rhymes played for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012. On May 16, Rhymes was hit by a pitch  by Boston Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales. This incident caused Rhymes to faint from an adrenaline rush after being struck by the 95 mph fastball. Rhymes played his last MLB game for the Rays on August 5, 2012. He spent the 2013 season in the Washington Nationals organization. He became a free agent after the 2014 season and later retired.
Front Office Career
- Former Tribe Infielder Will Rhymes Called Up by the Detroit Tigers
- "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
- With stars hurt, Tigers get younger quickly MLB.com July 25, 2010
- Rhymes' first big league HR comes with drama MLB.com September 21, 2010
- "Will Rhymes hit on forearm by pitch, collapses on field".
- Castillo, Jorge (March 17, 2019). "Will Rhymes moves from assistant farm director to director of player development". twitter.com. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
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