OPENING DAY AGE: 47
SIGNED THROUGH: 2013
FORMER POSITION: Infielder
BORN: Nov. 28, 1965 - Bishop, Calif.
RESIDENCE: Scottsdale, Ariz.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Williams enters his third season as D-backs Third Base Coach, fourth overall on the coaching staff...over the course of his 17-year playing career, including 6 with the D-backs, was a 5-time NL All-Star in 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1999, a 4-time NL Gold Glove Award winner in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997 and a 4-time NL Silver Slugger in 1990, 1993, 1994 and 1997.Enters his third season as third base coach and fourth on the D-backs' coaching staff...served as the first base coach in 2010...During the offseason in 2012, was Manager of the Salt RiverRafters in the Arizona Fall League and led his team to the AFL East Division Title and the AFL Championship Game, where they lost 4-3 to the Peoria Javelinas at Scottsdale Stadium...overall, the Rafters went 17-13-2...Was the interim manager of the Double-A Mobile BayBears for the final two months of the 2007 season after manager Brett Butler suffered a stroke...Was a member of the D-backs' broadcast team from 2005-09, serving as a color analyst on select broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona and Arizona Sports 620....Is a D-backs minority owner...also held the title as Special Assistant to the President and CEO from 2005-09...Became one of baseball's premier third basemen during a 17-year Major League career with Giants, Indians and D-backs from 1987-2003...compiled a .268 average with 997 runs, 1,878 hits, 338 doubles, 35 triples, 378 home runs and 1,218 RBI in 1,866 games...Appeared in five All-Star Games and won four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and four Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards as a third baseman...Played in three World Series with three different teams (Giants, 1989; Indians, 1997; D-backs, 2001), becoming the only player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different teams. Finished in the Top 10 in league MVP voting on three occasions, including finishing second to Houston's Jeff Bagwell in 1994 after slugging 43 homers and 96 RBI during the strike-shortened season...Spent one season with the Indians in 1997 prior to becoming an original D-back after he was acquired in a post-Expansion Draft trade on Dec. 1, 1997...Played an integral leadership role on D-backs teams from 1998-2003, including the 1999 season when he finished third in league MVP voting after batting .303 with 35 home runs and a team-record 142 RBI, which has since been tied by Luis Gonzalez in 2001...Ranks among D-backs career batting leaders (min. 300 games) in RBI (381, third), home runs (99, fourth), total bases (1,067, fourth), hits (629, sixth), doubles (127, sixth), slugging pct. (.471, tied for sixth). at-bats (2,265, eighth), runs (317, ninth) and games(595, ninth)...Was drafted by the Giants as the third overall selection in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft.
Matthew Derrick (Matt) Williams...He and his wife, Erika, reside in Paradise Valley with their four children: three daughters, Alysha, Rachael and Madison, and a son, Jacob...he and Erika, who previously was a weekend anchor and reporter for KTVK-TV, were co-hosts of the weekend pre-game shows prior to D-backs telecasts on 3TVin 2007...His son, Jacob, was the D-backs' 49th-round selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and made his professional debut in the D-backs' farm system in 2011.
WILLIAMS' COACHING HISTORY
2007: Interim Manager - Mobile Baybears
2010: First Base Coach - Arizona Diamondbacks
2011-present: Third Base Coach - Arizona Diamondbacks