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1995 Upper Deck #7 Glenn Williams

Glenn David Williams

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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One of relatively few major league players born in Australia, Glenn Williams appeared on both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics teams fielded by Australia. He also made a notable major league debut with his bat in 2005: he hit .425 in 40 at-bats with the Minnesota Twins. Defensively, he made 2 errors in 12 games at third base. Unfortunately, he dislocated his shoulder on July 1, and was disabled for the rest of 2005. He had surgery in September 2005 and played in the minors in 2006. As he failed to return to the big leagues in later years, his career ended with a batting average over .400. Williams holds the post-1900 major league records for most at-bats, and most hits, in a career in which the batter hit .400 or better: he collected 17 hits in his 40 at-bats. Herb Goodall was 19 for 45 in the 19th century.

He was signed as a free agent in 1993 by the Atlanta Braves, receiving a $925,000 signing bonus. Playing shortstop for several seasons and later second base in the minors, he was in the rookie league or Single A ball for five seasons, from 1994 to 1998. After he hit .225 in Double A in 1999, he was released in early 2000 and signed by the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He also played for Australia in the 2001 Baseball World Cup, hitting .214/.214/.321 as the regular third baseman.

He spent 3 years playing infield for the Syracuse SkyChiefs, with 23 home runs in 2004. After the season he became a free agent and signed with the Twins, who sent him to their Triple A club, the Rochester Red Wings, where he hit .303 in 48 games. He got to the majors that year for the only time in his career.

In 2006, he was back at Rochester, hitting .257 at the age of 29.

During the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Williams was the cleanup hitter for Australia and batted .286/.333/.500 as they finished 6th, their highest ever to that point. Williams drove in eight runs, tying Luke Hughes for second on the team, one behind Justin Huber.

Williams hit .400/.483/.400 for Australia in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. He was 3 for 4 in their win over Team Canada, Canada's only loss of the event. Australia tied for 4th in the tourney and failed to make the cut for the 2008 Olympics.

Williams coached for Australia in the 2009 World Youth Championship and 2010 World Junior Championship (when they won a Silver Medal for the first time in a World Junior Championship). In 2010, he joined the Detroit Tigers as an Australian scout, signing Warwick Saupold. He managed the Sydney Blue Sox to the best regular-season record in the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League. In 2012, he was inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame.

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