For more great baseball stories like this one, 'like' us on Facebook -

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Dan Williams played four minors seasons, then turned to coaching; Made bigs as bullpen catcher, coach

Former minor leaguer Dan Williams recounted the end of his playing days to his hometown Corvallis Gazette-Times in April 1992: A team official simply told him he'd no longer be playing, he'd be coaching.

Then, after a season coaching at high-A Kinston, Williams was ready for more, he told The Gazette Times.

"I got a real good review," Williams told The Gazette-Times. "Right now, I'm down here running the schedule. They want to see how well I do, and I'll probably manage somewhere next year."

Williams didn't manage, but he did continue to coach. Then, for 1995, he made the majors as the Indians bullpen catcher. 

Williams' playing cays began in 1988, taken by the Indians in the 37th round of the draft out of Western Oregon University. 

Williams started with the Indians at rookie Burlington. The catcher saw 39 games and hit .210. He then moved to short-season Watertown for 1989. He got into 52 games there and hit .295.

He arrived at Kinston in 1990. He saw 28 games and hit .177. He then turned coach in 1991, but still saw six final games to end his playing career.

His coaching career then took him to Kinston, Burlington and single-A Columbus. He then arrived in Cleveland as bullpen catcher in 1995. He stayed in that role and as a coach through at least 2009.

For 2022, Williams is listed as a pitching, catching and hitting instructor at Premier Athletics in Valley City, Ohio.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,002
Made the Majors:1,331-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,671-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:545
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

No comments:

Post a Comment