Is Matt Williams Right Man to be Washington Nationals’ Manager?

By Michael Terrill
Is Matt Williams Right Man to be Washington Nationals’ Manager
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As of right now, Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams appears to be the frontrunner for the Washington Nationals new manager position. If hired, is Williams the right man for the job?

“He’s a sharp guy, but he’s also a funny guy — a lot of people don’t realize the sense of humor he has,” Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who managed Williams, said, according to “It was a pleasure and an honor to manage him. I’m impressed with him at third base, he does a good job there. That’s one of those guys that will figure out whatever he needs to figure out. He’s a student, he’ll be a good one.”

Williams is a five-time All-Star, National League home run champion (1994), a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001.

Obviously, he has the playing pedigree that carries respect, which is something players will certainly look at in a new manager. His overwhelming experience in the big leagues as both a player and a coach is something that makes the Nationals confident he is capable of handling a managerial role in the majors. It is always nice to have a World Series champion at the helm of a team.

I believe Williams would do a terrific job in guiding Washington back to the playoffs after the Nationals missed out on the fun in 2013. He is someone that could manage the personalities of the several star players, while he also could make the right calls to ensure success.

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