Jimy Williams

Jimy Williams
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: (1943-10-04) October 4, 1943
Santa Maria, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1966, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1967, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .231
Hits 3
Runs batted in 1

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

James Francis "Jimy" Williams (born October 4, 1943) is an American former professional baseball infielder, coach and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was born in Santa Maria, California, and briefly appeared in two MLB seasons as a second baseman and shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. After his playing career, he managed in the California Angels' minor league system before managing at the MLB level for the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, and was the American League Manager of the Year in 1999. He has also coached for Toronto, the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.

Playing career

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 5 draft. 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 1968 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 and managerial career

Early career, Toronto Blue Jays, and Atlanta Braves

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.

Williams remained as Toronto's third base coach for six seasons, until he was promoted to manager in 1986 when Bobby Cox left the organization to rejoin the Atlanta Braves. Williams was the Blue Jays' manager until the 1989 season, when he was fired May 14 and replaced by Cito Gaston after the team got off to a poor, 12–24 start. He finished with a record of 281 wins and 241 losses.[2]

He spent 1991–96 with the Atlanta Braves as their third-base coach, working again under Bobby Cox, including the Braves 1995 World Series championship season. While with the Braves, Williams developed an outstanding reputation as a teaching coach, especially adept at working with infielders.

Boston Red Sox

From 1997 to 2001, Williams managed the Red Sox, leading them to wild-card playoff berths in 1998 and 1999. In 1999, the Red Sox reached the American League Championship Series, but lost to their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees, 4 games to 1. Williams received the 1999 Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award for the American League. Williams' relationship with general manager Dan Duquette soured, especially after Duquette publicly backed volatile outfielder Carl Everett after a September 2000 dispute with Williams. Red Sox fans routinely disparaged him on the Internet, using the epithet "Dumy." 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 finished his tenure as Red Sox manager with a record of 414 wins and 352 losses.[2]

Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies

In 2002, Williams became manager of the Houston Astros. 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 Houston's Minute Maid Park responded to the introduction of Williams with a decidedly mixed reaction, in contrast to the ovations generally given members of the home team who are introduced at an All-Star game. The following day, the Astros fired Williams and two principal coaches, having likely waited until after the festivities to avoid a public embarrassment. Williams was replaced by Phil Garner, who led the Astros to the 2004 National League Championship Series but fell one game short of going to Houston's first ever World Series. (The following year, Garner led the Astros to the World Series.) Williams finished with a record of 215 wins and 197 losses.[2]

On October 16, 2006, Williams was named the Philadelphia Phillies bench coach[3] 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. Then-Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said "As far as I know, it's not like that he left on a bad note."[4]

Managerial record

As of February 13, 2014
TeamFromToRegular season recordPost–season record
GWLWin %GWLWin %
Toronto Blue Jays19861989 522281 241 .538
Boston Red Sox19972001 766414 352 .540 145 9 .357
Houston Astros20022004 412215 197 .522
Total 1700910 790 .535 145 9 .357

Relatives in baseball

Jimy Williams is not to be confused with James Bernard Williams (1926–2016), no relation, a Canadian former minor league outfielder and manager and MLB coach with the Astros and Baltimore Orioles. He is, however, a distant relative of Red Sox great Ted Williams, who was his staunch advocate when he managed in Boston.

Two of Jimy Williams' sons are former professional baseball players who are now minor league managers. Brady was chosen by the Red Sox in the 45th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft and had a seven-year playing career as an infielder in minor league and independent league baseball. He has been a manager in the Tampa Bay Rays' system since 2009 who in 2016 will spend his third year as skipper of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Rays' Double-A affiliate in the Southern League.[5] Shawn Williams also had a seven-year playing career (2006–12), including four years in the Tampa Bay organization; primarily an infielder, he played every position but center fielder. In 2016, he will return for a second year as skipper of the Lakewood BlueClaws, Class A affiliate of the Phillies in the South Atlantic League, Shawn Williams' third season as a manager in the Philadelphia organization.[6]


  1. "Jimy Williams Batting 1966 Gamelogs". Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Jimy Williams". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  3. "Jimy Williams Phillies profile". Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  4. "Jimy Williams Leaves". Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  5. Tampa Bay Rays official site, 2015.01.21
  6. milb.com

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Garcia
El Paso Diablos manager
Succeeded by
Bobby Knoop
Preceded by
Norm Sherry
Deron Johnson
Salt Lake City Gulls manager
Succeeded by
Deron Johnson
Moose Stubing
Preceded by
Franchise established
Springfield Redbirds manager
Succeeded by
Hal Lanier
Preceded by
Jackie Moore
Toronto Blue Jays third base coach
Succeeded by
John McLaren
Preceded by
Roy Majtyka
Atlanta Braves third base coach
Succeeded by
Bobby Dews
Preceded by
Gary Varsho
Philadelphia Phillies bench coach
Succeeded by
Pete Mackanin
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