I suppose it is good to be Matt Williams these days. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ 3rd base coach appears to be one of the four finalists to become the new manager of the Colorado Rockies. Also, the Toronto Blue Jays asked for and received permission from the D’Backs to speak to Williams about their vacant skipper’s spot. If that isn’t enough, the team the former 3rd baseman currently manages, the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League is in first place in their division.
If Williams indeeds leaves to become the manager either in Colorado or Toronto or any other place for that matter, it would be strange to not to see him in the D’Back organization. Since becoming an original member of the club as a player in 1998, he has become synonymous with Arizona baseball. He won a World Series title as a player in 2001. He owns a part of the team and has worked in the broadcast booth. He managed Double A Mobile for two months when manager Brett Butler had health issues and has been both the first base coach and third base coach with the big club. In short, he has done it all in the desert.
Now Matt Williams may be getting his shot at managing a big league club. If he does not succeed in getting either the Rockies’ or the Blue Jays’ spot, you could imagine what the chatter will be if the D’Backs’ get off to a slow start next season. One could almost picture if the team is under .500 at the All Star break that fans will be saying Kirk Gibson should be replaced and that Williams is the man for the job. I hope it doesn’t come to that because that probably means no playoffs again for the D’Backs.
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