Wednesday, July 22, 2015

640th Place - Jimy Williams

Card #314

Jimy!  Jimy?!  *waves hands frantically*  Man, I can't do anything to interrupt that stare...

It's been a few cards since our last manager entry.  If you're new to the blog, I have an unfair bias against manager cards because, let's face it, you're not usually excited to find one taking precious space in a pack you bought.

Williams managed over 12 different seasons in his career, and when this card was printed he was coming off his best campaign.  The 1987 Blue Jays finished 96-66 in a very competitive pennant race, but they ended up in second place behind the Tigers by just two games.

Jimy finished his managing career with over 900 wins and an impressive .535 win percentage.  But, like many before and after him, he was fired by all three of his employers in season.  With the Blue Jays, he was canned in 1989 after an atrocious 12-24 start.  Toronto would rebound under Cito Gastin and go on to win the AL East.  In Boston his ouster was rougher.  The 2001 Red Sox were twelve games above .500 but general manager Dan Duquette used a mini-slump to replace Williams with Joe Kerrigan.  Finally, in 2004, Williams got the boot while the Astros were languishing with a 44-44 record.

Williams held several assistant coaching positions afterwards, including being part of Charlie Manuel's staff in Philadelphia, but he's now retired.  Don't worry, though.  The next generation is taking over.  Both of his sons are now managing in the minor leagues, and Jimy seems quite proud of that.

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