Todd Williams

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Todd Williams
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Williams pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2007
Born: (1971-02-13) February 13, 1971 (age 52)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 29, 1995, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
June 15, 2007, for the Baltimore Orioles
Men's baseball
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1999 Winnipeg Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2000 Sydney Team

Todd Michael Williams (born February 13, 1971) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He attended East Syracuse-Minoa High School graduating in 1989. He then attended Onondaga Community College before signing a professional baseball contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers of the Major League Baseball (MLB) in 1991. Over the course of his professional career Williams played for 10 different organizations, including all or parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues. He is a retired 18-year professional baseball player, with eight years of Major League Baseball experience. Williams was also a member of the USA Baseball team three separate years, with the highlight of winning a Gold Medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia.


Williams, who retired from baseball after the 2008 season, holds the all-time Minor League Baseball record for saves with 223, compiled during an 18-year professional career. A four-time Triple-A All-Star Game participant, Williams also holds the record for most career appearances by a professional member of Team USA.

Williams served as bullpen closer for the 2000 United States Olympic Baseball Team during the Sydney, Australia Summer Games. That squad was the lone USA baseball team to win an Olympic gold medal during the span (1988–2008) when baseball was an Olympic medal sport. Williams was a member of the 2001 American League Champion New York Yankees.

Early life

Williams graduated from East Syracuse-Minoa High School in 1989. He was a two-sport athlete lettering in basketball and baseball. He received all league honors in '88 for baseball and in '89 was a sectional all-star for the O.H.S.L Champion Spartan baseball team. A three-year member of the Varsity Baseball team, recording an E.R.A. of a 2.19 in "87, 2.10 in '88 and 2.13 in '89 while holding a .354 batting average his senior year of '89.

Amateur career

Williams attended Onondaga Community College. In his 1990 season Williams received the Student–Athlete of the year award and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 54th round of the 1990 Amateur Draft.

Williams elected to play his 1991 season at Onondaga Community College and was selected to the first team all-region all-star team as well as sharing the Kelly J Dwyer Award (MVP) with teammate Marc Grande. Williams finished 8th in the Nation in E.R.A (1.14), and as of '91 was 7th in all-time leaders in E.R.A. (1.76). In 1990 Onondaga ranked 20th in the nation as a team. Onondaga ranked 3rd nationally in hitting with a .369 batting average, finished with the 4th best winning percentage in the country in '90 going 25-3 .893% and in '91 finished with the 5th best winning percentage in the country going 29–5. Williams then signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 1991 draft.

Professional career

Los Angeles Dodgers

Williams moved up the Dodgers ladder quickly, making it from short-season Great Falls in 1991 to Triple A Albuquerque by 1993, and made his big-league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, 1995, against the Atlanta Braves, retiring all three batters he faced.

Oakland Athletics

He was traded to the Oakland Athletics four months later, on Sept, 8, 1995, spending the 1996 season at Triple-A Edmonton where he was used in varied roles, including making 10 of what would be just 12 career starts.

Baltimore Orioles

Over the next eight seasons, Williams would play for six more organizations – Cincinnati Reds (1997–99), Seattle Mariners (1999–2000), the New York Yankees (2001), Montreal Expos (2002), Tampa Bay Rays (2003) and Texas Rangers (2004), seeing some big league time with the Reds (six games in 1998), Mariners (13 games in 1999) and Yankees (15 games in 2001) before signing with the Baltimore Orioles on June 23, 2004.

He would spend the next four years with the Orioles, including all of 2005 and most of 2006 in the big leagues. After posting a 2.87 ERA in 29 games with the Orioles in 2004, Williams made the club out of spring training in '05. In 72 games (eighth in the American League), he posted a 3.30 ERA, including his first Major League save, which came on August 19 in a 5–3 win against the Oakland Athletics.

Williams notched one more save in the majors with the Orioles in 2006 after posting a 4.74 ERA in 62 games. Williams struggled after sustaining an injury in 2007. He went on to post a 7.53 ERA in 14 games. Williams was subsequently released by the Orioles on June 17 of that year.

Minor League

He finished the '07 season with the Colorado Rockies organization, pitching at Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs before becoming a minor league free agent.

Williams finished his playing career in 2008 with the Long Island Ducks of the Independent Atlantic League with a 2.68 ERA in 37 games and eight saves, which do not count towards his record-breaking total.

Professional career transactions

Career awards and accomplishments

Personal life

Since retiring, Williams lives in Tampa, FL, with his sons Trey and Trevor and daughter Ally-Reese. He has been active in the youth sports area in both his current community as well as his hometown of Syracuse, NY, serving as volunteer coach in baseball, basketball and football doing youth-oriented charity work. He has organized the following:

On December 13, 2007, Williams was one of many athletes mentioned in the detailed Mitchell Report by Senator George Mitchell. Kirk Radomski claimed he sold Winstrol to Williams once in 2001. Todd Williams – Page 194 (242). There was no corroborating evidence mentioned. [1]

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  1. "Baseball's Steroid Era » List of Steroid Users, Implicated Players, Suspensions". Archived from the original on 2008-02-05.