Jimy Williams

A photo of Jimy Williams.

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

Playing careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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 recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Toronto Blue Jays1986 8676.5314th in AL East - - - -
1987 9666.5932nd in AL East - - - -
1988 8775.5373rd in AL East - - - -
1989 1224.333 - - - (fired)
Tor Total281241.538 00 - -
Boston Red Sox 1997 7884.4814th in AL East - - - -
1998 9270.5682nd in AL East 13.250Lost to Cleveland Indians in ALDS
1999 9468.5802nd in AL East 46.400Lost to New York Yankees in ALCS
2000 8577.5252nd in AL East - - - -
2001 6553.551 - - - (fired)
Bos Total414352.540 59.357 -
Houston Astros 2002 8478.5192nd in NL Central - - - -
2003 8775.5372nd in NL Central - - - -
2004 4444.500 - - - (fired)
Hou Total215197.522 00 - -
Total910790.535 59.357 -

References Edit

  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.

External linksEdit

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


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