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Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams - 3B
Hometown: Gosford, NSW
Debut: 7 June 2005
Final Game: 28 June 2005
Teams played for: Minnesota Twins

A direct beneficiary of baseball's Australian boom in the late 1980s and 90s, Glenn Williams went from a top teen prospect to a short-term Major Leaguer to one of the sustaining forces of baseball in his home state of New South Wales.

Williams grew up in Gosford, along the coast north of Sydney, and signed with the Atlanta Braves as an amateur free agent in 1993, when he was 16. He struggled in his first few professional seasons, slowly moving up the Minor League ladder. Williams finally reached Double-A in 1999, but the Braves released him in March 2000. The third baseman signed a free agent deal with the Toronto Blue Jays and spent five seasons in their system before signing with the Minnesota Twins in 2005.

Things finally came together for Williams with the Twins, beginning when he hit .303 with Triple-A Rochester in 2005. It took more than ten years, but Williams finally got his shot in MLB when the Twins called him up at the beginning of June. He debuted on 7 June, pinch-hitting and singling in the sixth inning of a 9-8 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Willo" spent the rest of the month with Minnesota, pinch hitting and also getting significant playing time at third base. However, at the end of June, Williams suffered a shoulder injury and was sent back to Triple-A, where he spent the rest of the season.

After his MLB stint, Williams succeeded in the Minors for several more years but never got another chance to play in the Majors. With the Twins, he hit .425 with one double, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Williams also hit safely in each of the 13 games he played in at the major league level, compiling 17 hits over that time period.

He last played professionally in the US in 2007 and also joined Team Australia for the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2004 Summer Olympics, during which Australia won the silver medal.

In 2010, Williams was named the first manager of the Sydney Blue Sox of the new ABL and led his team to a first-place finish in the regular season and a third-place finish overall. Williams served on Sydney's staff for three seasons and currently works for Baseball NSW as the High Performance Manager.

View Glenn Williams' career statististics from Baseball Reference

(Photo at right: Williams while managing the Blue Sox during the 2010/11 ABL season. Credit: SMP Images/ABL Media)