Gerald Williams (baseball)
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Born: August 10, 1966|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|September 15, 1992 for the New York Yankees|
Last MLB appearance
|October 2, 2005 for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||365|
Gerald Floyd Williams (born August 10, 1966 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and New York Mets.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 Personal
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Draft and Minors
Gerald Williams was drafted out of Grambling State University in the 14th round (366th overall) of the Template:Baseball year amateur draft by the New York Yankees. In Template:Baseball year, in the New York-Penn League for Oneonta, he batted .365/.447/.504 with 2 home runs in 115 at bats. For this success, he was rewarded with a promotion to High-A ball. Injured and playing poorly, he hit just .210 in the next two seasons. Playing in a league that is notoriously tough for hitters (Florida State League) he hit .289/.344/.461 to establish legitimate prospect status. Mid-season, he was sent up to AA and the Eastern League. There, he batted .250/.328/.435. Combined, he hit .265 with 140 hits, 20 home runs, 101 RBI, and 37 stolen bases to establish himself as a top prospect. Entering the season just 22 years old, Williams flopped, hitting .271, but with only 7 home runs, 59 RBI, and an abysmal 52% stolen base rate. But he rebounded in AAA in Template:Baseball year. He hit .285/.334/.452 with 16 home runs, 86 RBI, and 36 stolen bases. This earned him a call to the big leagues, where he would for the most part stay until Template:Baseball year.
New York Yankees (1992-1996)
Gerald Williams, at the age of 25 years, made his professional debut September 15, 1992. After a brief stint in the minor leagues in Template:Baseball year, where he practically duplicated his 1992 stats, he was back in the big leagues in Template:Baseball year. But he was injured and played infrequently. He had also been batting only .239. He finally got a chance to truly play off the bench in Template:Baseball year, where he had 182 at bats and batted .247 with 6 home runs. He saw more action in Template:Baseball year, hitting .270 with 5 home runs in 233 at bats. On May 1, he set a Yankees team record with 6 hits against Baltimore in a 15 inning game and also in 1996 Gerald received his first World Series Championship ring.
Milwaukee Brewers (1996-1997)
On August 23, 1996, Williams was dealt with Bob Wickman to the Milwaukee Brewers for Graeme Lloyd, Pat Listach, and Ricky Bones. Only Lloyd had any success after being dealt to the Yankees, while both Wickman and Williams became solid major league players. After the trade in 1996, Williams only batted .207. Still, the year was a success to Williams, who got 325 at bats, and batted .252 with 28 extra-base hits. The next season was Williams first as a regular. He batted .253 with 10 home runs, 41 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 44 extra-base hits, but he took few walks, and had an OPS of just .651, some 117 points lower than league average. After that miserable season, he was dealt to the Atlanta Braves for reliever Chad Fox.
Atlanta Braves (1998-1999)
Williams then spent 2 years thriving as a semi-regular player in Atlanta, batting .286/.341/.490 with 27 home runs. In 1999, he played against his old team, the Yankees during the 1999 World Series but lost the series in a 4-game sweep.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000-2001)
Perhaps Williams' finest season was Template:Baseball year. He set career highs in homers, walks, RBI, hits, runs, and doubles. For this effort, he was named Tampa Bay Devil Rays player of the year. On August 29, 2000, Williams was hit by a pitch thrown by Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez. Williams charged the mound and started a bench-clearing brawl. During the brawl, he was one of 8 members of the Rays ejected leading to 2 Boston players going to the hospital.
He got off to a miserable start in Template:Baseball year, batting just .207, and the Devil Rays released him.
Second stint with the New York Yankees (2001-2003)
Williams went back to the Yankees to finish the 2001 season and served as the backup outfielder. He made the postseason roster until the team lost the 2001 World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2002, he spent most of the season in the minors. He played 33 games in the majors without getting a hit that year of 2002.
Florida Marlins (2003)
Williams signed a one-year deal for the Marlins in 2003. He played only 27 games and batted .129 overall. Williams got his 2nd career World Series Championship ring after the Marlins won the 2003 World Series over his former team, the Yankees.
New York Mets (2004-2005)
He signed a two-year deal for the Mets in 2004. During his 2 years with the Mets, he batted .233 with 5 home runs, and 14 RBI. He was released after the 2005 season and announced his retirement shortly thereafter.
He has 12 brothers and sisters.
Williams was one of three Atlanta Braves to appear on Saturday Night Live when he made a cameo appearance alongside teammates Mark Wohlers and Pedro Borbón, Jr. on the December 19, 1997, episode hosted by Helen Hunt.
For baseball shoes, Williams wore only hi-top Nikes during his professional career once he switched to them from lo-cut Nikes in 1992. Williams big league nickname was Ice.
- Olney, Buster (29 June 2001). "Yankees Add Gerald Williams, Paving Way for Knoblauch Deal". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 May 2010.