Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday.

Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate.

“I know him about as well as anyone in baseball,” Melvin said. “When we lost Chip (Hale), my first thought was Matty. He’s one of those presence guys. He had a great career, has an incredible work ethic, and it’ll be huge to have him back on the field and working with our young players.”


A’s hire Matt Williams as third-base coach

By John Shea Updated 11:19 pm, Friday, November 17, 2017

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San Francisco Giants hobbled star Matt Williams gave a thumbs up to a fan early in the game the Giants later lost to the Houston Astros 13-8, Friday, July 14, 1995, in San Francisco. The broken bone in Williams' right foot will still take about two weeks more to heal. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan) Ran on: 08-15-2004 Tony Gwinn had a chance to be the first .400 hitter in 53 years. Ran on: 08-15-2004 Tony Gwynn had a chance to be the first .400 hitter in 53 years. Photo: SUSAN RAGAN, Associated Press

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San Francisco Giants hobbled star Matt Williams gave a thumbs up to a fan early in the game the Giants later lost to the Houston Astros 13-8, Friday, July 14, 1995, in San Francisco. The broken bone in ... more

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Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday.

Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate.

“I know him about as well as anyone in baseball,” Melvin said. “When we lost Chip (Hale), my first thought was Matty. He’s one of those presence guys. He had a great career, has an incredible work ethic, and it’ll be huge to have him back on the field and working with our young players.”

Hale opened last season as third-base coach, moved to bench coach in June when Mark Kotsay took a leave of absence, and was to return to third base next season — until accepting bench-coach duties with the Nationals.

In Oakland, Williams will be available for promising third baseman Matt Chapman, who made a splash as a rookie with his power and defense, displaying a sound glove, quick hands and mighty arm.