Ripken expresses interest in Nationals managerial job

Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo recently went on record saying that the team will reportedly look at "a group of people with diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences, and diverse skill sets" when looking for a replacement for recently-fired skipper Matt Williams.The name of one baseball great has already been thrust into that group—and he would take the opportunity to interview...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals fire Matt Williams after disappointing 2015 season

The Washington Nationals were expected to be a World Series contender in 2015, but they didn’t even make the playoffs. This failure has cost manager Matt Williams his job. The team announced Monday that he’d been released of his duties. The #Nats have relieved Matt Williams and his coaching staff of their duties: — Washington Nationals (@Nationals...
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Williams has been fired by the Nationals

Matt Williams is taking a trip through the moon door – the Washington Nationals fired the 2014 Manager of the Year on Monday, a day after their disappointing 2015 concluded. The Nats dismissed Manager Matt Williams this morning, per a person familiar with the situation. Ends two years as manager of Nats. — James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) October 5, 2015 This shouldn’t a surprise...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Williams addresses his future, Harper’s role in scuffle

With a nightmarish season winding down and coming to a merciful end, Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams was asked some pointed questions Wednesday about his future with the organization and the fallout from the Jonathan Papelbon-Bryce Harper skirmish. Williams, making his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan, was asked about whether he’s heard anything about his future...
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September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals player on clubhouse: It is a ‘terrible environment’

The Washington Nationals’ hopes of reaching the postseason came to an official end on Saturday when the New York Mets clinched the NL East with a win. The Nats were predicted to be one of the best teams in baseball and a surefire World Series contender. Yet the team got off to a poor start while the Mets caught fire, and the cards never seemed to turn in Washington’s favor. Now...
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September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats GM: Everyone will be evaluated after season

Is Matt Williams coming back to the Washington Nationals in 2016? Well ... the odds of that happening may have taken a hit on Wednesday when GM Mike Rizzo refused to give the manager a vote of confidence during an interview on DC’s 106.7 The Fan. #Nats GM Mike Rizzo on if Matt Williams will return in 2016: "We'll let the chips fall where they may." —...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer yells at Matt Williams, refuses to leave game

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer preferred not to be taken out of Friday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. So he politely asked manager Matt Williams to leave him in, and Williams respectfully obliged. OK, not really. Scherzer already was over the 100-pitch mark and had a runner on second base when Williams came out for a mound visit in the seventh inning. Yet...
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Washington Nationals need to fire Matt Williams?

By Ryan Phillips Matt Williams did it again Monday night, and in no way is that a good thing. The 49-year-old former All-Star cost the Washington Nationals another game with idiotic managing. The Nationals are fading fast in the National League playoff picture and Williams is actually hastening their shocking fall. Washington entered Monday night’s matchup with the St. Louis...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

By Gordon Dixon Bryce Harper is one of the best players in baseball. He's probably the front runner for National League MVP. However, he hurts his team when he gets ejected, and Nationals manager Matt Williams wants that to come to an end. In the 11th inning of a tie game on Friday, Harper was called out on a third strike on the outside corner of the plate. The pitch looked like...
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August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

What was Matt Williams thinking?

As you’ve probably heard by now, Matt Williams had a bad seventh inning last night. Dave Cameron took Williams’ bullpen maneuvers apart nicely in his Just a Bit Outside column at Fox Sports. At the risk of putting words in his mouth, he said that Williams leaving Matt Thornton in the game to face Buster […]
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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