Matt Williams Named National League Manager of the Year

Matt Williams was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America after leading the Washington Nationals to 96 victories and an NL East title.

“On behalf of the Lerner Family and the entire Washington Nationals organization, I want to offer heartfelt congratulations to Matt on this well-deserved award,” Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “His first year in the dugout was excellent, and it was a pleasure to watch him grow throughout. He is a respected leader, and the steady hand that navigated our team through many challenges this season.

“What we accomplished this season would not have been possible without the right man at the helm. That was Matt this season, and we’re all looking forward to 2015.”

Williams is the second Nationals manager to win the award, joining Davey Johnson in 2012, and the fourth first-year manager to do so. 

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