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After a stellar career at Northwestern, Tammy Williams was selected 10th overall in the 2nd round of the 2009 NPF Draft by the Bandits. She has been a star at shortstop since then, except for her 2010 hiatus from the NPF.
Last season, she hit .258 with 1 home run and 16 rbi's. For anyone else, that would be an excellent season. For Tammy, it was a bit of an off year. In her previous two seasons, she hit .362 and .344 respectively.
As much as she contributed offensively, Tammy's offense can be overshadowed by her great defense. She gets everything hit near her. She started all 48 games at shortstop last season and was a defensive machine.
It has been a real joy watching Tammy play. There were rumors that she might retire after last season. In my interview with her at On the Beat With Tammy Williams, she even hedged and stated that at most she had one more season. Unfortunately for us fans, Tammy recently announced her retirement.
Tammy is a future Hall of Famer. She is also as nice and personable as can be. It was a pleasure covering her, watching her play and knowing her. Tammy was an elite player and more importantly, she is an elite person.
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Tammy Williams, Ozzie and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2015.