a warm welcome to Matt Williams
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Here’s to Matt Williams, the newest addition to the Washington Nationals. Williams will replace Davey Johnson, to now manage the Nats in 2014. The Nationals have been on the hunt for a new manager since Johnson announced his retirement before the 2013 season and Williams looks like a great pick for the Nationals. Though Williams has no managerial experience besides a brief moment with the Arizona Fall League last season, I don’t see any better option for the team!
Background on Williams
He was an All-Star third baseman for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks. The cool thing about Williams is that he is actually a five-time All-Star third baseman and a four-time Gold Glove winner. In 2004, he served as the Diamondbacks’ team broadcaster until 2009 when he was hired as the first-base coach. Most recently, he was coaching the Diamondbacks in the 2010-2013 seasons. In his 17-season major league career, Williams hit .268 with 378 homers, 1,218 RBIs and a .317 on-base percentage.
Williams, now 47, will be managing the Nationals in the 2014 season. I expect great things out of this season. Mike Rizzo, the Nats’ general manger, was the Diamondbacks scouting director in the early 2000s. Potentially there is a relationship between Rizzo and Williams, and I can only imagine this will make the team stronger for the coming seasons.
If you are interested in reading more check out this article from the Washington Post about Matt Williams.
Welcome to the family, Matt! Make us proud this year!