Washington Nationals fire manager Matt Williams after two seasons

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Nationals fire manager Matt Williams after two seasons
Monday September 28th, 2015

The Washington Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams after two seasons, the team announced Monday.

The news was first reported by James Wagner of the Washington Post.

In addition, the Nationals said they will not renew the contracts of their entire coaching staff, including bench coach Randy Knorr, who was a managerial candidate in 2014.

The Nationals were projected by many to be World Series contenders in 2015, but failed to make the postseason, going just 83–79 and ceding the NL East to the New York Mets.

Williams took the job in 2014 as a first-time skipper and led the Nationals to a 96–66 record, earning NL Manager of the Year honors. Washington was eliminated by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series that year.

- Kenny Ducey

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