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HOF Profile: Matt Williams

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Matt Williams, Third Baseman

 

San Francisco Giants 1987-1996

Cleveland Indians 1997

Arizona Diamondbacks 1998-2003

 

Awards

1990 NL Silver Slugger - 3B

1991 NL Gold Glove - 3B

1993 NL Gold Golve - 3B

1993 NL Silver Slugger - 3B

1994 NL Gold Glove - 3B

1994 NL Silver Slugger - 3B

1997 AL Gold Glove - 3B

1997 AL Silver Slugger - 3B

 

All-Star Selections: 5 (1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999)

 

League Leader

1990: RBI

1994: Home Runs

 

Career Ranks

Home Runs: 61st

AB/HR: 79th

 

Best Performance

April 18, 1993 - Atlanta at San Francisco

Goes 4 for 6 with two home runs, including a walk off in the 11th inning.

 

Hall of Fame Stats

Black Ink: Batting - 8 (272) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)

Gray Ink: Batting - 58 (426) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)

HOF Standards: Batting - 29.4 (286) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)

HOF Monitor: Batting - 70.0 (258) (Likely HOFer > 100)

 

Similar Batters in HOF: 1 (Johnny Bench)

Other Similar Batters: Vinny Castilla, Andruw Jones, George Foster, Rocky Colavito, Ron Cey, Robin Ventura, Frank Howard, Gil Hodges, Jack Clark

 

Year-by-Year Win Shares & Wins Above Replacement Level (WARP3)

 

1987: 5/2.1

1988: 2/1.6

1989: 7/3.4

1990: 28/8.3

1991: 22/8.8

1992: 11/4.0

1993: 28/10.0

1994: 18/9.5

1995: 20/6.9

1996: 18/6.1

1997: 18/6.5

1998: 12/5.9

1999: 26/9.1

2000: 7/2.5

2001: 10/3.5

2002: 6/2.0

2003: 3/0.9

 

Career Win Shares: 241

Career WARP3: 91.2

 

My Stupid Opinion

 

Most famous for being "on pace" to tie Roger Maris' then single season record of 61 home runs (OMG STILL NON-STEROID RECORD!!!) in 1994 before the strike killed that opportunity. He was the best third baseman in baseball from 1993-1995, though it was in '95 where he started to have injury problems. Had a lot of power and played a very good third base but also a big time hacker who posted only a .317 career OBP. Overall just not impressive enough to warrant serious consideration for the HOF.

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