The Washington Nationals will be hiring former player and coach, Matt Williams, to become their new manager. Davey Johnson, the Nationals former manager, retired at the end of the season, leaving the manger position vacant. Today that spot becomes no longer vacant as Williams, a former player who played for seventeen years, will become the new manager.
Williams, 47, was the third overall pick in the 1986 amateur draft, and later played third base for the Giants, Indians, and Diamondbacks. Over his seventeen seasons, Williams hit .268/.317/.489 with 378 HR and 1218 RBI. He then later coached first base and third base for the Diamondbacks, as he was hired in 2009 to coach in the 2010 season. His coaching tenure has continued since the 2010 season, as now he will receive his first managing job, for the Washington Nationals.
Williams will be heading to a team with a ton of talent, but is sometimes fairly inconsistent. It's possible that Williams could turn this team into a serious contender, or he could need a year of "rebuilding" and reshaping of the work ethic and playing style. Either way, I believe that the Nationals will be going to a person in Williams that could really do a great job as manager for their team. Overall, I really like the way the Nationals are headed, for now.