Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams is a candidate for the vacant Colorado Rockies manager position, reports the Denver Post. The former third baseman has coached for the D-Backs for three years, initially at first base before moving to third. Williams played six seasons in Arizona and is one of the legends in the D-backs Legends Race that takes place at home games.
Williams' only head-coaching experience came as interim manager of the Double-A Mobile BayBears in 2007, when manager Brett Butler suffered a stroke with two months remaining in the season. The BayBears finished the 2007 season with a 71-68 record.
Williams played 17 years in the major leagues, from 1987 to 2003, including 1998 to 2003 with the Diamondbacks. He was a member of the 2001 World Series winning team, was a five-time NL All-Star, and won four Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger awards. He had a career average of .268 with 997 runs, 1,878 hits, 378 home runs and 1,218 RBI.
Williams was a member of the Diamondbacks broadcast team in between his days as a player and his days as a coach.