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Jimy Williams

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James Francis "Jimy" Williams (born October 4, 1943) is a former manager of three Major League Baseball teams.

Playing career[]

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 V lottery. 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 1969 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.[1]

Coaching career[]

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.

He had the job for six seasons, until he was promoted to manager in 1986 when Bobby Cox left to join the Atlanta Braves organization. Williams lasted until the 1989 season, when he was fired after a very poor start and replaced by Cito Gaston who went on to win two World Series championships with the team. He spent 1991–96 with the Braves as their third base coach, working again under 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.[citation needed] 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,[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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[2] 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. He was pretty happy. I guess there's things he wants to think about."[3]

Jimy Williams is not to be confused with James Bernard Williams, a former minor league outfielder and manager and MLB coach with the Astros and Baltimore Orioles. The baseball careers of the two Williamses somewhat overlapped.

Managerial record[]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Toronto Blue Jays 1986 86 76 .531 4th in AL East - - - -
1987 96 66 .593 2nd in AL East - - - -
1988 87 75 .537 3rd in AL East - - - -
1989 12 24 .333 - - - (fired)
Tor Total 281 241 .538 0 0 - -
Boston Red Sox 1997 78 84 .481 4th in AL East - - - -
1998 92 70 .568 2nd in AL East 1 3 .250 Lost to Cleveland Indians in ALDS
1999 94 68 .580 2nd in AL East 4 6 .400 Lost to New York Yankees in ALCS
2000 85 77 .525 2nd in AL East - - - -
2001 65 53 .551 - - - (fired)
Bos Total 414 352 .540 5 9 .357 -
Houston Astros 2002 84 78 .519 2nd in NL Central - - - -
2003 87 75 .537 2nd in NL Central - - - -
2004 44 44 .500 - - - (fired)
Hou Total 215 197 .522 0 0 - -
Total 910 790 .535 5 9 .357 -

References[]

  1. Jimy Williams Batting 1966 Gamelogs. Retrieved on 2008-11-10.
  2. Jimy Williams Phillies profile. Retrieved on 2008-11-10.
  3. Jimy Williams Leaves. Retrieved on 2008-11-10.

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Preceded by:
Joe Torre
American League Manager of the Year
1999
Succeeded by:
Jerry Manuel
Preceded by:
Bobby Cox
Toronto Blue Jays manager
1986–1989
Succeeded by:
Cito Gaston
Preceded by:
Roy Majtyka
Atlanta Braves Third-Base Coach
1991-1996
Succeeded by:
Bobby Dews
Preceded by:
Kevin Kennedy
Boston Red Sox manager
1997–2001
Succeeded by:
Joe Kerrigan
Preceded by:
Larry Dierker
Houston Astros manager
2002–2004
Succeeded by:
Phil Garner
Preceded by:
Gary Varsho
Philadelphia Phillies Bench Coach
2007–2008
Succeeded by:
Pete Mackanin


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