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Richard Anthony Williams (born November 21, 1956 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former Minor League Baseball pitcher and Major League Baseball coach.


Early life

Williams is the son of Dick Williams. He attended the University of South Alabama.

Playing career

Williams was signed by the Montréal Expos out of college. Williams went 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA for the 1977 GCL Expos (completing 3 of 4 starts) and 1-0 in four innings for the Jamestown Expos. In 1978, Williams pitched for the Double-A Memphis Chicks, as he went 7-4 with three saves and a 1.78 ERA. He was promoted to the Triple-A Denver Bears, where he struggled, going 1-1 with a 9.41 ERA.

Williams returned to Memphis in 1979 and went 5-7 with five saves and a 3.31 ERA, allowing 46 hits but 44 walks in 68 innings. He made 28 relief appearances and five starts. An arm injury derailed his career. In 1980, Williams was just 1-2 with one save and an ERA of 8.61 for Memphis, allowing 39 hits and 15 walks in 23 innings. In four games for the Class-A West Palm Beach Expos, he allowed 9 hits and five runs in four innings.

Coaching career

Williams was the first pitching coach for the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He later served as special assistant to the general manager for the Devil Rays.

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