The Washington Nationals officially hired Matt Williams as their next manager Thursday, one week after reports indicated that he would replace Davey Johnson.
“I am thrilled to welcome Matt to our organization and am confident he is the best choice to lead the Nationals at this time,” GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “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.”
Over a 17-year career, Williams, most recently serving as the Arizona Diamondbacks' third-base coach, was a World Series champion and five-time All-Star.
“I think it’s great,” third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. “He’s a younger guy who was a good player and knows the game. I’m looking forward to getting to know him a little bit… I don’t think we were too far away from where we needed to be, and I think we’re all looking forward to next year.”
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