After having the whole month of October to search for a new manager the Washington Nationals have named Matt Williams to fill the position. He replaces Davey Johnson who retired following the season.
Williams, a former MLB player, was most recently on Kirk Gibson’s staff with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He served as the D’Backs third base coach this past season.
A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow for the formal introduction as Williams as the new manager of the Nats. This is the first managers job in the Major Leagues for Williams.
The 17-year Major League vet was also a six-time All Star selection. He clubbed 378 home runs in the show and was a four-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award for the best hitting player at his position in his league.
Williams was more than just a slugger as a player he won four Gold Gloves for his outstanding defense on the hot corner. He was also an integral part of the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series champions.
Nationals general manger Mike Rizzo worked in the Diamondbacks organization as their scouting director when Williams was their third baseman. It is unknown at this time if Williams will keep any of Johnson’s staff.
With the Nationals hire of Williams that leaves vacancies in Seattle, Detroit and with the Chicago Cubs. It is believed that at least two of these teams are waiting to interview Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Since Boston won the World Series on Wednesday night Lovullo could be interviewed for vacant positions in the next few days. Former Seattle and Cleveland manager Eric Wedge interviewed for the Cubs position this week.
Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach has interviewed for the open positions in Seattle and Detroit. ”Legendary” Lloyd McClendon, the Tigers hitting coach, has also interviewed with the Tigers and Mariners.
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