Nationals name Matt Williams manager

Thursday October 31st, 2013

Matt Williams was a 5-time All-Star during his 17 seasons as a MLB player. (Photo courtesy of Nationals Twitter page) Matt Williams was a five-time All-Star during his 17 seasons as an MLB player. (Photo courtesy of Nationals Twitter page)

The Washington Nationals named Matt Williams as their next manager, the team announced on Thursday.

Williams replaces Davey Johnson, who retired at the end of the regular season. Williams spent the last three years as the Arizona Diamondbacks' third base coach.

“I am thrilled to welcome Matt to our organization and am confident he is the best choice to lead the Nationals at this time,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He is exceptionally prepared for the task. Matt came into the interview process already possessing an extensive knowledge of our organization: our roster, our Minor League system – and our fan base.

“He has genuinely creative, unique ideas on how to increase performance, and on cultivating leadership and team unity.”

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