A’s coach Williams to manage in Korea

Field Level Media

October 15, 2019 at 6:17 am.

Oakland Athletics third base coach Matt Williams is going on an extended road trip, having agreed to a manage the Kia Tigers of the KBO League in South Korea.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Monday night that Williams received a three-year contract, and Williams confirmed via text message to NBC Sports Bay Area that he took the job.

Williams, 53, has been Bob Melvin’s third base coach in Oakland for two seasons.

Williams managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons, finishing with a combined 179-145 regular-season record in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, he was named the National League Manager of the Year as Washington won the NL East before losing to the San Francisco Giants three games to one in the league division series.

In a 17-year major league playing career, Williams amassed 378 home runs and 1,218 RBIs. He was a five-time All-Star and finished in the top three in MVP voting two times, including as a runner-up to the Houston Astros’ Jeff Bagwell in 1994.

He played for the San Francisco Giants (1987-96), the Cleveland Indians (1997) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2003). He also had two stints as a coach for the Diamondbacks (2010-13 and 2016).