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Matthew Derrick Williams
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 210 lb.
- School University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- High School Carson High School (Carson City)
- Debut April 11, 1987
- Final Game May 31, 2003
- Born November 28, 1965 in Bishop, CA USA
 Biographical Information
The grandson of Bert Griffith, Matt Williams was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1986 amateur draft by the San Francisco Giants and scout George Genovese. He had played for Team USA in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup, when they went just 2-5 despite Williams, Jeff King, Kevin Brown, Jack McDowell, Erik Hanson and several other major leaguers (Canada was the only other country in the tournament to have even one future major leaguer in its line-up).
Williams was one of the top National League sluggers of the 1990s. He had a shot at breaking Roger Maris's home run record when the 1994 strike wiped out the remainder of that season. In 2007, he was working as a TV analyst when he was called on to manage the Mobile BayBears on an interim basis on July 30th after Brett Butler had a mild stroke; he managed the team for the remainder of the season. Williams joined the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff in 2010 as the team's first base coach. He moved across the diamond to the third base coaching box for the 2011-2013 seasons. Following the retirement of Davey Johnson the Washington Nationals named Williams their new manager for the 2014 season.
Williams is the only player to hit home runs in the World Series for three different teams. About twenty players, starting with Kiki Cuyler, have hit World Series home runs for two different teams.
 Notable Achievements
- 5-time NL All-Star (1990, 1994-1996 & 1999)
- 4-time Gold Glove Winner (1991/NL, 1993/NL, 1994/NL & 1997/AL)
- 4-time Silver Slugger Award Winner (1990/NL, 1993/NL, 1994/NL & 1997/AL)
- NL Home Runs Leader (1994)
- NL RBI Leader (1990)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 10 (1990-1999)
- 30-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 & 1999)
- 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1994)
- 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1990, 1993, 1997 & 1999)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1993)
- Won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001
|Washington Nationals Manager
 Further Reading
- Rick Sorci: "Baseball Profile: Third Baseman Matt Williams", Baseball Digest, March 1994, p. 84.