Washington Nationals Hire Matt Williams As Manager


After reports surfaced that Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams was a frontrunner for the manager position with the Washington Nationals, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed Friday that Williams has been named the next manager in the nation’s capital.

Williams was chosen over current Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr, who players publicly supported for the available position. General Manager Mike Rizzo hopes Knorr will remain with the club as the bench coach next season.

The 47 year old Williams played in the League for 17 seasons, appearing in six All-Star games and being the runner up for the MVP award in 1994. He has served in assistant coaching positions with the Diamondbacks for the last four seasons.

The Washington Nationals look to improve after a tough 2013 season where they finished 10 games out of first place in the NL East. In the 2012 season, the Nationals won 98 games and made their first playoff appearance in franchise history in the nation’s capital.



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