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Matt Williams
Third baseman
Born: November 28, 1965 (1965-11-28) (age 44)
Bishop, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 11, 1987 for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 31, 2003 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
Batting average     .268
Home runs     378
Runs batted in     1,218
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Career highlights and awards

Matthew Derrick Williams (born November 28, 1965 in Bishop, California), nicknamed "Matt the Bat" is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. Williams was originally selected by the New York Mets out of Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada, but he did not sign. In high school, Matt also started as quarterback on the Carson Senators football team. Two of his baseball high school team mates, Bob Ayrault and Charlie Kerfeld also played in the major leagues. The Giants later drafted him out of UNLV in the first round (3rd pick) of the 1986 amateur draft. Despite his several leg injuries and lower-back ailments, Williams was a dangerous hitter when he got the pitch he was looking for. As a third baseman, he had good reactions and excellent hands, then a quick release with an accurate and strong arm. He was one of the premier fielders at third base as he earned four gold gloves from 1991-1997.

A hitter with exceptional power, six times he hit over 30 home runs with over 90 runs batted in, including his outstanding 1994 season when he hit a league-best 43 HRs with 96 RBI in a season shortened by nearly a full third due to a strike. He finished second in the league MVP vote behind Jeff Bagwell.

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Arizona Diamondbacks

Williams was an original member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and holds the Diamondback record for the most runs batted in for a season with 142 in 1999 (since tied by Luis Gonzalez in 2001). Williams played in three World Series for three different teams (1989 with the Giants, 1997 with the Indians, and 2001 with the Diamondbacks), in the process becoming the only player to hit at least one World Series home run for three different clubs. For his career, Williams batted .268 with 378 home runs, 1218 runs batted in, 997 runs scored, 1878 hits, 338 doubles, and 35 triples in 1866 games.

Williams is now a part owner in the Diamondbacks franchise with the title of special assistant to the general partner. He occasionally serves as color commentator on Diamondbacks radio and television broadcasts[1], and has even assisted in coaching and player personnel matters.

Matt was hired in November 2009 to be the first-base coach for the Diamondbacks for the 2010 season.

Steroid allegations

On November 6, 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Williams purchased $11,600 worth of human growth hormone, steroids and other drugs from the Palm Beach clinic in 2002.[2] Williams later told the Chronicle he used HGH on the advice of a doctor to treat an ankle injury he suffered during spring training in 2002.

On December 13, 2007, he was named among the dozens of players alleged to have used steroids in the Mitchell Report, commissioned by Major League Baseball and written by former Senator George J. Mitchell.

Hall of Fame candidacy

Williams became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. He received 1.3% of the vote and was dropped off the ballot.

Personal life

Williams has been married three times. His second wife (1999-2002) was actress Michelle Johnson. In 2002, she filed for divorce due to irreconcilable differences [3]. The couple had no children and by 2003 the divorce was final as he was engaged to another woman [4]. Since then, he has married Erika Monroe, who is a TV News anchor from KTVK-TV NewsChannel 3, and TV Host. In 2007, Erika and Matt co-hosted the weekend pregame shows for the Diamondbacks called "DBacks on Deck". Matt and Erika have one child together.

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