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Matt Williams #9

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RESUME: Decorated former third baseman was named the fifth manager of the Nationals on Nov. 1, 2013 replacing Davey Johnson...Led the Nationals to 96 wins and the 2014 National League East title in inaugural campaign as a Major League Manager…Navigating the Nationals through early injuries and inconsistencies to the best record in the National League, Williams earned the 2014 BBWAA National League Manager of the Year award and the 2014 Sporting News NL Manager of the Year award...Williams joined the Nationals organization after spending the previous four seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks' coaching staff under then-manager Kirk Gibson, the final three as third base coach... He sports previous managerial experience gained with the Salt River Rafters (Arizona Fall League division title in 2012) and the Double-A Mobile BayBears (skippered the final five weeks of the '07 campaign after former-teammate Brett Butler suffered a mild stroke)...Since his playing career ended in 2003, he has served the game of baseball as a manager, coach, executive, broadcaster and minority owner.

PLAYING CAREER: Hit .268 (1878-for-7000) with 338 doubles, 378 homers, 1218 RBI and 997 runs scored in 1866 games spanning 17 seasons with the Diamondbacks (1998-03), Indians (1997) and Giants (1987-96)...played on 11 winning teams in 17 seasons...teams reached the postseason on six occasions, won three pennants and claimed a World Championship (Diamondbacks, 2001)...was a five-time All-Star (1990, '94-96, '99)...was the NL's starting third baseman in 1994 and '99...earned four Rawlings Gold Gloves (1991, '93-94, '97) and four Louisville Slugger Silver Sluggers (1990, '93-94, '97)...speaking to each award individually, was the first third baseman in MLB annals to claim those citations in both leagues...played the vast majority of his minor-league career and made his MLB debut as a shortstop...shifted to the hot corner in 1988...359 career homers as a third baseman rank third all-time behind only Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt (490) and Chipper Jones (389)...with 300, was one of 11 players to hit 300+ homers in the an original Diamondback, hit 20 homers for their inaugural-season club in 1998 (was acquired by ARI from CLE in exchange for 3B Travis Fryman and LHP Tom Martin, Dec. 2, 1997)...ranks fifth and sixth, respectively, on the Giants (247) and Diamondbacks (99) all-time home runs lists...was SFG's first-round selection (third overall) in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft...was originally drafted by the Mets in the 27th round of the 1983 Draft, but did not sign...hit 10 home runs for Team USA Collegiate National Team in the Summer of 1985.

POSTSEASON CAREER: Was a career .247 (47-for-190) hitter with nine doubles, six home runs, 27 RBI, 19 walks and 23 runs scored in 51 playoff contests with the Diamondbacks (1999, '01, '02), Indians (1997) and Giants (1989)...three of six career postseason home runs were hit in the World Series...earned a World Championship ring with the Diamondbacks in 2001...18 of 51 career postseason contests were World Series contests...was the first player to homer for three separate teams in the World Series (Giants 1989, Indians 1997, Diamondbacks 2001) Game 6 of 2001 Fall Classic, doubled twice in the third inning...was a member of the '87 Giants, but was not on their postseason roster.

PERSONAL: Matthew Derrick Williams (Matt)...Born in Bishop, CA and is a native of Carson City, NV...Played baseball and football and graduated from Carson (NV) High and was later known as the "Carson Crusher"...Studied and played collegiately at University of Nevada-Las Vegas (had uniform #15 retired and was inducted into UNLV's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997)...Is the Rebels' all-time home run leader with 58...Retired as a player before baseball returned to Washington in 2005, but baseball DNA traces back to his grandfather, OF Bert Griffith, who played in six games for the 1924 World Champion AL Nationals.

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