Hawaii Native Jerome Williams Back in Major League Baseball
What a long road it has been. Local boy Jerome Williams is returning to the Major Leagues, nearly 4 years after his last appearance and almost 7 years since his last win in Major League Baseball. Called up on August 17 by the Los Angeles Angels, Williams is looking to resurrect a career that has seen him criss-cross the globe in search of the return to form that made him such a hot prospect in the early 2000′s. Following his selection in the first round of the 1999 draft out of Waipahu High School by the San Fransisco Giants, the Hawaii native debuted for the Giants in 2003 and was an instant sensation, going 7-5, with a quite respectable 3.30 ERA. Since his last appearance for the Washington Nationals in 2007, Williams has played in a number of Independent Leagues, including a 2 year stint in Puerto Rico and 2010 in Taiwan. Williams has constantly battled the belief that he didn’t work hard, and has had weight issues. Through it all, Williams has relied on his wife and three children to keep himself motivated. If all goes well, Williams could be making an appearance in the Angels rotation this weekend against the Baltimore Orioles, assuming that he is not used in an extended relief role prior. With Williams returning to the big leagues, he joins fellow Hawaii big leaugers Shane Victorino of the Phillies, Kurt Suzuki of the A’s, and Mariners Closer Brandon League as local boys living out their dreams.