Nats already beginning manager search?

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Washington Nationals have been a huge disappointment in 2013 so with Davey Johnson already announcing that he’ll be retiring why not begin their managerial search a little early? The team isn’t allowed to talk to anyone outside their organization but one possible candidate has already surfaced and that’s Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams.

The Nats are planning to conduct a search after this season, and Williams’ name is said to be among those who will be considered, according to sources. (CBS Sports)

Williams has been a coach in Arizona since 2010 and also a head coach in the Arizona Fall League. So he does have some experience just not a lot of it but from some of the hirings over the past few years that doesn’t mean much. More and more players are landing jobs over experienced coaches so you’d have to think Williams would have a legitimate chance. Especially with the history he has with general manager Mike Rizzo.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has an extensive history with Williams, who from 1998-2003 played in Arizona, where Rizzo served as the scouting director in the early 2000s.(CBS Sports)

Williams is also very respected around the league so even if the Nats pass I’m sure he’ll find something soon.

“He has the traits of (Kirk) Gibson,” one rival GM said, referring to Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. “He’s tough-minded, and doesn’t let things slide. He has a fierceness gto him.”(CBS Sports)

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