Matt Williams returns for his second season as the A's third base coach. This marks his ninth season on a Major League coaching staff, which includes two seasons as manager of the Washington Nationals.
Williams made his coaching debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 as first base coach. He spent the next three seasons as third base coach before being named manager of the Nationals for the 2014. Williams was named BBWAA and The Sporting News Manager of the Year in his first season after leading Washington to a 96-66 record and a National League East title. Washington finished 83-79 the following season and he compiled a 179-145 (.552) in his two seasons as manager. Williams returned to Arizona as third base coach in 2016.
Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003). He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games. A five-time All-Star (1990, 94-96, 99), Williams also won four Gold Gloves (1991, 93-94, 97) and four Louisville Silver Slugger Awards (1990, 93-94, 97) at third base. He played in three World Series with three different teams (Giants, 1989; Indians, 1997; D-backs, 2001) and became the first player to hit at least one World Series homer with three different clubs.
Williams was selected by the Giants with the third overall pick in the 1986 June Draft out of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He made his Major League debut the following season at the age of 21 and led the NL with 122 RBI in his first full season in 1990. Williams finished second in NL Most Valuable Player voting in the strike-shortened 1994 season after batting .267 with a league-leading 43 home runs along with 96 RBI in 112 games. He was traded to Cleveland following the 1996 season and was dealt to Arizona following the 1997 season. His best season with the Diamondbacks came in 1999 when he hit .303 with 35 home runs and a career-high 142 RBI in 154 games.
Following his playing career, Williams was a member of the Diamondbacks broadcast team from 2005-09, serving as a color analyst on select broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona and Arizona Sports 620. He also had a 33-game stint as interim manager with Mobile of the Southern League in 2007 and guided Salt River to the Arizona Fall League Eastern Division titles in 2012. Williams returned to television in 2017 as a pregame and postgame analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area on Giants broadcasts.
Williams and his wife, Erika, reside in Scottsdale and have four children: Alysha, Jacob, Madison and Rachael. His son Jacob was selected by Arizona in the 49th round of the 2011 First- Year Player Draft.