June 2, 2003 |
The last of the original Arizona Diamondbacks has played his final game with the team. Third baseman Matt Williams, a five-time all-star with 378 career home runs, was designated for assignment yesterday. Williams was hitting .246 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 44 games. The Diamondbacks have 10 days to trade Williams. After that, he will become a free agent, with Arizona still responsible for the $10 million he makes this season, the final year of his contract. St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen will be sent on a rehab assignment after throwing to hitters for the third time in a five-day span.
October 27, 2013 |
The Washington Nationals are planning to hire major-league veteran Matt Williams as their fifth manager since baseball returned to the nation's capital, according to multiple reports. The Nationals have not confirmed Williams as the replacement for the retired Davey Johnson because Major League Baseball prohibits teams from making major announcements during the World Series. A five-time all-star third baseman for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, the 47-year-old Williams will be making his big-league managing debut after serving in coaching roles for the Diamondbacks for four years.
July 21, 1994 |
Barry Bonds and Matt Williams hit their obligatory home runs. Pitcher Mark Portugal remained a member in good standing of the Phillies-Killer Club of America. But the player who really ruined the Phils' afternoon yesterday wasn't named Bonds or Williams or Portugal. Or even Darryl Strawberry. The player was little-used Mike Benjamin. Eight-hole hitter. Owner of a .175 career average when the season began. A good-field, no-hit, Bobby Wine-type shortstop. Benjamin, filling in for slumping shortstop Royce Clayton, rapped out two doubles, knocked in a career-high four runs, and made two spectacular fielding plays as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Phillies, 9-2, before 43,966 fans at tropical Veterans Stadium, where the temperature on the field reached 146 degrees.
October 12, 1995 |
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was fined $50,000 by the American League for comments he made about umpires during his team's Division Series against the Seattle Mariners. Steinbrenner confirmed the fine yesterday and said: "It seems that everyone else can speak, without being fined, but not me. " "I don't want to say anything further about the fine," he said. "If I say more, they will fine me more. I already had to borrow $25,000 of the $50,000 just to pay the fine.
October 4, 1994 |
No one will ever know now. We'll never know how the 1994 baseball season would have turned out if it had ended on Oct. 2 instead of Aug. 11. But suppose the strike had never happened. Suppose the season had gone on exactly the way it was supposed to. Would Matt Williams have hit 62 home runs? Would Tony Gwynn have hit .400? Would the Phillies have won 40 games in a row and made the playoffs? The computer mavens at Stats Inc., the highly respected baseball statistical service in Skokie, Ill., wanted to find out. So they played out the final 52 days of the season on their computers.
May 22, 1996 |
They barely noticed a minor earthquake in the third inning, played through three hours of rain, so rallying to beat the visiting Montreal Expos, 8-5, yesterday hardly seemed profound to the San Francisco Giants. "For those of us who were in the '89 quake, this one doesn't even count," said San Francisco's Stan Javier, who played for Oakland against the Giants in the 1989 World Series when a 7.1 quake damaged Candlestick Park and stopped the series. This one was only a 4.8 on the Richter Scale.
May 4, 1996 |
J.R. Phillips had a ready answer when he was asked about the pressure of replacing Will Clark in San Francisco. "From the beginning," Phillips said, "I told people, 'I'm not Will Clark, I'm J.R. Phillips.' If they wanted Will Clark, they should have kept him. I'm not going to be Matt Williams or Barry Bonds or Lenny Dykstra. Everybody's different. " Phillips, 26, joined the Phillies yesterday in Atlanta. A day after being acquired from the San Francisco Giants, Phillips made his first start for the Phillies.
June 4, 1995 |
It wasn't just the San Francisco Giants who needed Matt Williams. The entire sport of baseball needed Matt Williams. But yesterday, the man who was leading the National League in every category but hair growth broke a bone in his right foot during the Giants' 3-1 win over the Phillies. He will have surgery today and will be out at least six weeks. "The show must go on," said Giants manager Dusty Baker. But it won't be the same show without Williams, who was hitting a league-leading .381 and was on a pace to hit 52 homers and drive in 140 runs - even in a strike-shortened 144-game season.
September 25, 1995 |
The Los Angeles Dodgers can finally focus on the Colorado Rockies. With Hideo Nomo earning his 12th win and Norristown's Mike Piazza stroking his 31st homer of the season, the Dodgers beat visiting San Diego yesterday, 6-2, setting up the National League's biggest series of the season. The Dodgers remained a half-game behind NL West-leading Colorado, a 3-1 winner over the Giants in San Francisco yesterday. The Rockies, 3-7 against Los Angeles this year, begin a three-game set at Dodger Stadium tonight.
December 29, 1993 |
Third baseman Matt Williams and the San Francisco Giants agreed yesterday on a $30.75 million, five-year contract that makes him the eighth highest-paid player in baseball. Williams fought back from a sub-par 1992 season to hit .294 in 1993, an increase of 67 points from the previous season and 53 points above his career average. He was a big part of the Giants' 103-win season. San Francisco finished one game behind the NL West champion Atlanta Braves. "Matt Williams is a player who never gave up. Through hard work and discipline, Matt has earned the right to be paid as one of the premier players in baseball today," said Jeff Moorad, Williams' lawyer and agent.