The Arizona Diamondbacks are watching the 2013 postseason from their couches, but there is certainly a lot of positive to look at when thinking ahead to the 2014 Diamondbacks. Matt Williams is not one of those positives.
There is a lot of speculation that the 47-year-old third-base coach will be leaving the D-Backs coaching staff this offseason to accept a managerial job elsewhere. While no one can blame Williams for accepting a promotion, it is rumored that he would bring other pieces of Arizona’s coaching staff with him. This could mean trouble in Phoenix.
GM Kevin Towers has already made it clear that he will be recommending to ownership that skipper Kirk Gibson be retained for next season. The 2011 NL Manager of the Year is 289-277 since taking over as manager halfway through the 2010 season.
One possible destination for Williams is the Washington Nationals. Davey Johnson, who announced his retirement from the game of baseball on September 29, led Washington to a record of 86-76 record this past season. For the 2012 NL East champions, however, this year was certainly a disappointment.
Former D-Back great Luis Gonzalez had nothing but good things to say about his former teammate.
“Matt played the game the right way,” Gonzalez told Adam Kilgore. “That’s what he would demand from his players. They would be very fundamentally sound and hard-nosed at the same time. He’s from the old school era. You want guys that are going to play hard for you.”