William Charles Swift (born October 27, 1961 in Portland, Maine) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.
South Portland High School, Swift attended the University of Maine, where he played college baseball for the Maine Black Bears baseball team from 1981 to 1984, making four consecutive [1 ] College World Series appearances. Swift pitched for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and was a first-round draft pick (second selection) by the Seattle Mariners following his senior year at Maine. In 1991 he was traded to the San Francisco Giants along with pitchers Mike Jackson and Dave Burba for outfielder Kevin Mitchell and pitcher Mike Remlinger. The Giants immediately moved Swift from the bullpen to the starting rotation, where he emerged as one of the league's best pitchers, leading the league with a 2.08 ERA in 1992 and winning 21 games in 1993.
Between 1995 and 1997 he played for the
Colorado Rockies. While the Rockies had high hopes for Swift, he struggled with a shoulder injury, back pains, and the psychological difficulties of the thin air of Colorado, and never again put up numbers comparable to his days with the Giants. He was eventually released by the Rockies due to shoulder trouble and triceps tightness.
In 1998, Swift returned to the Seattle Mariners. He struggled, posting an 11-9 record with a 5.85 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. After the season, he retired from baseball.
On December 22, 1999,
USA Today named Bill Swift as one of Maine's best athletes of the 20th century. 
Bill Swift now coaches High School Baseball for the school where his three daughter's Aubrey, Mackenzie, and Brynlie attend
Scottsdale Christian Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. References [edit ] ^ "University of Maine Baseball Players Who Made It to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013 . Retrieved July 20, 2013. External links [edit ]
1977: Dave Henderson 1978: Tito Nanni 1979: Al Chambers 1980: Darnell Coles 1981: Mike Moore 1982: Spike Owen 1983: Darrel Akerfelds, Terry Bell 1984: Bill Swift 1985: Mike Campbell, Bill McGuire 1986: Patrick Lennon 1987: Ken Griffey, Jr. 1988: Tino Martinez 1989: Roger Salkeld, Scott Burrell 1990: Marc Newfield, Anthony Manahan 1991: Shawn Estes 1992: Ron Villone 1993: Alex Rodriguez 1994: Jason Varitek 1995: José Cruz, Jr. 1996: Gil Meche 1997: Ryan Anderson 1998: Matt Thornton 1999: Ryan Christianson, Jeff Heaverlo 2000: No first round pick 2001: Michael Garciaparra 2002: John Mayberry, Jr. 2003: Adam Jones 2004: No first round pick 2005: Jeff Clement 2006: Brandon Morrow 2007: Phillippe Aumont, Matt Mangini 2008: Josh Fields 2009: Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin, Steven Baron 2010: Taijuan Walker 2011: Danny Hultzen 2012: Mike Zunino 2013: D. J. Peterson 2014: Alex Jackson