After weeks of speculation, Ken Rosenthal of FOX reported earlier that the Washington Nationals will hire Matt Williams as their next manager. Williams, 47, has been part of the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff since 2010, first serving as first base coach and then third base coach. After Davey Johnson’s retirement last month, Williams emerged as a favorite to become his successor.
Williams and Nationals GM Mike Rizzo reportedly have a strong connection from the early 2000s when Rizzo was a scout for the D-Backs and Williams played for them. In seventeen big league seasons as a player, Williams was a member of the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Diamondbacks. He is a five-time All-Star and 2001 World Series champion. He holds a .268 career average, to go along with 378 home runs and 1,218 RBIs.
While he does not have any MLB managerial experience, Williams has been part of Gibson’s staff in Arizona for the past few years and certainly has a good grasp for the game. He possesses the grind-it-out mentality and can become tough if needed. The Nats have themselves in good hands with Williams. We wish him the best.