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June 2, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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October 27, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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July 21, 1994 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 12, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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October 4, 1994 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 22, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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May 4, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 4, 1995 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 25, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 29, 1993 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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March 22, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III surprised a lot of people in Northeast Philly last month when he unexpectedly stepped down as leader of the 58th Ward. There's a civil war raging between two factions of Democrats in that part of the city. And Stack, who is on one side of that battle, gave up his ward leader seat just 10 weeks before a primary election. This guy isn't exactly known for giving up turf. In late 2014, Stack floated the idea of keeping his Fifth Senate District seat even after being sworn in as lieutenant governor in January 2015.
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February 10, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com (First in a series of NL East previews)
TAKING A LOOK AT the Washington Nationals: Manager: Matt Williams Last 5 years: 2014: 96-66, first place; 2013: 86-76, second place; 2012: 98-64, first place; 2011: 80-81, third place; 2010: 69-93, fifth place Additions: Righthanded pitcher Max Scherzer, second baseman Yunel Escobar, utilityman Kevin Frandsen Loses: First baseman Adam LaRoche, righthanded pitcher Tyler Clippard, second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera ...
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October 27, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
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.
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January 4, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the better part of the first period Wednesday, the bitter rivalry between Malvern Prep and La Salle was put on the backburner while the players soaked up all that came with playing ice hockey at Citizen Bank Park. "It was even better than I had imagined it would be," La Salle's Jason Lombardi, a senior defenseman, said afterward. "The rink, the fans, the chill in the air. It couldn't have been any better. " Said Malvern Prep's Cameron Donovan, a senior captain and defenseman: "It was pretty incredible.
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June 2, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Matt Williams, the last of the original Diamondbacks and a five-time All-Star with 378 career home runs, has played his final game for Arizona. The Diamondbacks announced yesterday that the third baseman has been designated for assignment. The move follows the team's acquisition of third baseman Shea Hillenbrand from Boston for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim. "With the trade for Hillenbrand, it became apparent there just wasn't going to be any meaningful playing time for Matty," general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. said.
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June 2, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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February 26, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams broke his left leg in practice yesterday and is expected to miss the season opener. Williams was fielding ground balls at the Tucson (Ariz.) Electric Park complex when he rolled his ankle. Taken by ambulance to the University Medical Center, he was found to have a fracture in his left fibula - the long, thin outer bone of the lower leg. Williams also dislocated his left ankle, damaging and stretching ligaments, head trainer Paul Lessard said.
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August 15, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Barry Bonds hit a grand slam into the waters of McCovey Cove last night for his major league-leading 51st homer, as San Francisco beat Florida, 13-7. Bonds has hit 51 homers in the Giants' first 119 games. The previous fastest pace was set by the Cubs' Sammy Sosa, who accomplished the feat in 121 games in 1999. He also tied the National League record for home runs by a lefthanded hitter. Johnny Mize had 51 homers for the New York Giants in 1947. The homer was the 545th of Bonds' career.
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August 17, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Finally, the Arizona Diamondbacks scored a bunch of runs for Randy Johnson. Even a monster home run by Sammy Sosa couldn't put much of a dent in the Diamondbacks' 10-3 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs last night. "You guys all know what I've been going through, and this is a relief," Johnson said. Johnson leads the NL with a 2.58 ERA, but often the Diamondbacks have not given him much support. During one four-game stretch, his teammates didn't get him one run. "What is he, 12-8?"
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April 22, 1999 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Well, the weather was nice. Otherwise, there aren't a lot of good things to say about the Phillies' three-day visit to this metropolis in the desert. On the very evening that arriving Arizona Diamondbacks fans were handed leaflets announcing that it was OK to bring brooms into the stadium in anticipation of series sweeps, the D'backs did exactly that. Riding the pitching of Todd Stottlemyre and the bat of Matt Williams, Arizona thumped the Phillies and Curt Schilling, 4-2, last night at Bank One Ballpark.
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