December 31, 2008
Mitch Williams has been hired by the MLB Network, which goes on the air tomorrow in 50 million homes. The former Phillies relief pitcher will be a studio analyst and will appear on "MLB Tonight," a live, nightly studio show and "Hot Stove," a live, nightly offseason studio show. "Mitch's unique voice and perspective speaks for itself," MLB Network president and chief executive officer Tony Petitti said. Last season, Williams, 44, was the postgame analyst on Comcast SportsNet's "Phillies Post Game Live.
February 17, 2003 |
A graduate from the Mitch Williams school of pitching and managing is in the Phillies camp. Lefthander Jim Crowell opened last season with the Atlantic City Surf of the independent Atlantic League. That is the team that hired Williams to be its pitching coach three years ago, then elevated him to the job of manager in the middle of last season. "Mitch knows how to motivate people to get the most out of them," Crowell said after the Phillies finished their workout yesterday at the Carpenter Complex.
July 9, 1996 |
Mitch Williams wants to be a Phillie again. "I'm here because this is where I want to play," Williams said yesterday in a conference call from Clearwater, Fla., where he will begin what he hopes is his comeback. "I want to play in Philadelphia. My whole purpose is to make it back there. "I ain't coming back to pitch in A ball. " Phillies general manager Lee Thomas made it clear that he had agreed to sign Williams to a minor-league contract as a favor. If Williams shows that his fastball is back, Thomas said, he might be able to return to the major leagues.
March 10, 1994 |
Houston Astros reliever Mitch Williams, who was acquired from the Phillies in the off-season, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week in Orlando, the team said yesterday. Trainer Dave Labossiere said Williams was examined Tuesday by physicians, who found a torn cartilage. Williams will take his scheduled pitching turns through Sunday and undergo the outpatient surgery on Monday. The Astros said Williams likely would be sidelined three days, but should be ready to pitch March 19-20 when the Astros return to Houston for exhibition games against Texas.
March 22, 1993 |
He is wild, erratic and maddeningly frustrating. Still, Mitch Williams remains one of the indispensable Phillies. Without him, this club with preseason pretensions is without a closer. Which is why his spring struggles are a matter of private concern among Phils officials. Hoping that Williams' fastball will return with more work, Phils manager Jim Fregosi dispatched his closer to the minor-league complex yesterday for some work. "We wanted him to get some innings in. He threw all right," said the manager - "all right" being a couple of notches down in Fregosi-speak from the ultimate pitching compliment, "extremely well.
March 17, 1992 |
It will be a spring training game much like any other this afternoon at Jack Russell Stadium. The fences will have colorful advertising painted on the front and palm trees visible behind. Pitchers will run in the outfield during the game. The stadium will be small and friendly and smell of sunscreen. Mitch Williams would have you believe that the one inning he'll pitch later today is just another tuneup exhibition outing, nothing more and nothing less. And Mitch Williams would be kidding you. The extra large grin and the twinkle in his eye give him away.
June 19, 2013 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Despite a recent disagreement with the organization, former Phillies pitcher Mitch Williams says he plans to attend the 20th reunion honoring the 1993 Phillies. In early May, Williams called for Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee to be fired. Several Phillies, including manager Charlie Manuel and Roy Halladay, took exception to the comments. But Williams, who is an analyst for MLB Network, said Monday that his relationship with the organization has not soured.
March 22, 2007
He's on your radio. He's on your television, too. He will come to your event, provided he can find a spot in a schedule that is already loaded with golf tournaments. You love Mitch Williams, I love Mitch Williams, just about everybody in the Delaware Valley loves Mitch Williams. And, well, how crazy is that? "It's incredible," Angelo Cataldi said after Williams made his official debut on WIP's morning show yesterday. "Now that I am working with him, I can see how it happened.
April 6, 1992 |
Kindly baseball scout Hank King sits quietly at a locker and does not see the unshaven, scraggly culprit creeping behind him, a white kerchief wrapped around his head, a bat in his hand. Suddenly, with the speed of a fastball, the stalking ninja slams the bat into a metal trash can a few inches from King's ear. And the scout tumbles from the bench, a look of terror on his face. "Damn," laughs the perpetrator, Mitch Williams, "that was a good one. " He is the flaky, lefthanded relief pitcher incarnate.
December 1, 1994 |
Mitch Williams, the former Phillies reliever who was released by the Houston Astros on May 31, has agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the California Angels, the team said yesterday. Williams, known as "Wild Thing" because of control problems throughout his career, was 1-4 with six saves and a 7.65 ERA in 25 appearances with the Astros. Pitching for the Phillies, Williams, 30, allowed a three-run, game-winning home run by Toronto's Joe Carter in the sixth and final game of the 1993 World Series.