Matt Williams, former KIA coach, has been vacated for cancer treatment.
MLB.com reported on the 30th (Korean time) that Williams, the current San Diego third base coach, was diagnosed with colon cancer through a blood test earlier this year.
Coach Williams is expected to undergo surgery on April 1 after attending only the season opener against the Colorado Rockies on the 31st. The timing of his return is undecided. 메이저사이트
He made his face known to domestic fans as the KIA Tigers command tower in the 2020-2021 KBO League. Prior to this, he took the baton of the Washington Nationals in 2014 and won the ‘Manager of the Year’ award. After returning to the United States, he works as a third base coach in San Diego.
During his active career, he played for the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks, and was a star player who was selected as an All-Star third baseman five times. He had a relationship with San Diego coach Bob Melvin during his time in Washington and Arizona.
In the absence of Coach Williams, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Silt will take over as third base coach. Former head coach Silt serves as an advisor to San Diego. He had already taken over as third base coach during spring training. He served as third base coach while Williams was recovering from hip surgery last year.
Coach Williams emphasized in an interview with the media, “There are no symptoms at the moment. If it wasn’t for the blood test, I wouldn’t have known.” did.
He then looked back, “Director Melvin, the staff, the players, general manager AJ Preller, etc. all gave us the trust that ‘we are with you’. Unbelievable luck.”
“Coach Williams is the toughest guy I’ve ever met in baseball, but this is going to be the toughest game of his life,” Melvin said. “But he will get through it.”