Facts and Information
Bill, who played 11 Major League seasons from 1996-2006, was part of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox squad ... he begins his first season as Chicago's Major League hitting coach following eight seasons in the Dodgers organization, including the last six as a special assistant in pro scouting.
- Was a member of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox squad ... reached the postseason five times as a player: in 1997 and 2000 with San Francisco and in 2003-05 with Boston.
- Won the 2003 American League batting title with a .326 average, and delivered career-bests with 45 doubles, 19 home runs and 85 RBI.
- All told, batted .291 with 265 doubles, 22 triples, 85 home runs and 493 RBI in 1,216 Major League games with San Francisco (1996-2000, 2002), the Cubs (2001-02), Boston (2003-05) and the Dodgers (2006).
- Began his coaching career as the Dodgers interim Major League hitting coach in the second half of the 2007 season.
- Graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in Creve Couer, Mo. ... played at Southwest Missouri State.
Managerial and Coaching Career
Bill returns to the dugout for the first time since he was the Dodgers interim Major League hitting coach in the second half of the 2007 campaign.
- Was 36 years old when he took over hitting coach duties for Los Angeles, becoming the fourth-youngest Major League coach in Dodgers history ... the only coaches younger than him: Mark Cresse (27), Rube Walker (32) and Ron Roenicke (35).
- Spent the last six seasons in the Dodgers front office, most recently assisting the General Manager with special projects and player evaluation on the Major League and Minor League levels.
Bill was selected by San Francisco in the 15th round of the 1993 draft, and he went on to play in over 1,200 Major League contests, reaching the postseason five times, culminating with a World Series title in 2004 with the Boston Red Sox.
- Hit .291 with 265 doubles, 22 triples, 85 home runs and 493 RBI in 1,216 Major League games with San Francisco (1996-2000, 2002), the Cubs (2001-02), Boston (2003-05) and the Dodgers (2006). Amassed nearly as many walks (543) and he did strikeouts (571) in his career. Finished his career with a .373 on-base percentage, the third-highest mark for a third baseman from 1996-2006, behind only Chipper Jones (.406) and Scott Rolen (.375).
- Combined to hit .234 in 36 post-season games ... batted .429 (6-for-14) in the 2004 World Series against the Cardinals.
- Primarily played third base, appearing there in 1,128 games ... also spent time at second base (53 games).
- Won the 2003 American League batting title with a .326 batting average, going 171-for-524 with a .398 on-base percentage and a .540 slugging mark, good for a .938 OPS.
- Batted .277 with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 173 games for the Cubs in 2001-02 ... was acquired by Cubs, November 18, 2000 for pitcher Tim Worrell ... was limited in 2001 due to left knee surgery after he was injured, May 13 at St. Louis ... was traded to San Francisco with cash, September 4, 2002, for pitcher Jeff Verplancke.