Monday, January 27, 2014

Brady Williams new Biscuits manager

Brady Williams, a manager for the last five years in the Tampa Bay system and the son of a former major league manager, is coming to Montgomery.

Williams, who will lead the Biscuits this season, has led three teams to the playoffs.

The 34-year-old was at high-Class A Charlotte last year. The Stone Crabs finished 67-65, reached the playoffs and were the Florida State League runners-up.

In his three years with low-Class A Bowling Green, the Hot Rods went to the playoffs twice.
Williams was a first-time manager in 2009 for short-season Hudson Valley.

Williams' playing career ended in 2005 and he was a minor league coach for the Rays from 2006-08.

He touched Double-A as a player in 2001 when he was 1-for-17 with New Britain in the Boston organization.

Williams' dad, Jimy, was a major league manager for Toronto (1986-89), Boston (1997-2001) and Houston (2002-04).

He replaces Billy Gardner, Montgomery's manager the last seven years. The Washington Nationals hired Gardner last month as their manager at Triple-A Syracuse.

Pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein, hitting coach Ozzie Timmons and trainer Kris Russell return to the Biscuits. It's Timmons' sixth year in Montgomery and Lichtenstein and Russell's third.

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