Jimy Williams, who coached third base for the Atlanta Braves from 1991 through 1996, has passed away. He was 80 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jimy’s family and friends.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 29, 2024
Jimy was our 3B coach from 1991-96, and forever a World Series champion. pic.twitter.com/QW1W1bYG36
Williams got his first MLB coaching job with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980. He was named the teams manager in 1986, replacing Bobby Cox, and would skipper the Blue Jays until 36 games into the 1989 season.
Williams would re-join Cox in Atlanta, becoming the team’s third base coach in 1991 when the Braves went worst-to-first, winning the National League pennant.
Williams would coach with Atlanta through the 1996 season - including the team’s World Series-winning 1995 campaign - before being hired as manager for the Boston Red Sox.
With Boston, Williams would manage four full seasons before being relieved of duties in 2001. He was named the American League Manager of the Year in 1999 and led the Red Sox to two playoff appearances in 1998 and again in 1999.
He would return to the dugout in 2002 as the manager of the Houston Astros where he would manage until just past the half-way point of the 2004 season.
Williams would return to coaching with the Philadelphia Phillies as the team’s bench coach, being named to the position in 2006, and would win another World Series championship in 2008. He would leave the Phillies after the 2008 season.
Williams, who was born in Santa Matia, CA, had a brief playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1966 and 1967 as an infielder. He collected three career hits in 14 plate appearances.
During his managerial career, Williams had a 910-790-1 record, good for a .535 winning percentage. He won 90-or-more games three times with only one of his full-seasons as manager resulting in a losing record.
Along with this 1999 AL Manager of the Year Award, Williams also finished second in 1998, fourth in 2001 and seventh in 2000.
For Braves fans, Williams will be remembered for his aggressive base-running call of sending Sid Bream to the plate in Game 7 the 1992 NLCS. Bream’s successful slide delivered the Braves the NL pennant and became one of the most legendary moments in the organization’s history.