Phillies Minors Managers a Major Influence
By Matt Veasey
LOW A – LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS
Shawn Williams moves up from Williamsport to the Low A Lakewood BlueClaws
SHAWN WILLIAMS is being promoted this season to Lakewood, New Jersey and the Phillies Low A level squad.
To say that he grew up in the game is an understatement. Williams’ father, Jimmy, was not only the Phillies bench coach, but also was a big league manager with Toronto, Boston, and Houston. His brother, Brady, is a manager in the Tampa Bay Rays system at the AA level.
Williams went to spring training as a player with the Phils just two years ago, was offered an opportunity to enter the coaching ranks, and jumped at it. He was the manager at short season Williamsport last season, guiding that club to a 33-43 record.
Just 31-years old, Williams is clearly being groomed to play a major role with the club at some point. At the very least he is building a resume that will put him into position to be considered for MLB managing or coaching jobs in the next few years.