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Matt Williams | Catcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (50) / 11/28/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Diamondbacks named Matt Williams as third base coach.
Williams lands on his feet back in Arizona after a rough two-year run as the manager of the Nationals. He was replaced in Washington earlier this month by Dusty Baker. Williams served as the third base coach of the Diamondbacks from 2011-2013 and as their first base coach before that. He has also worked on the Diamondbacks' television broadcasts as a color commentator and he was a partial owner of the club at one point. Thu, Nov 12, 2015 12:55:00 PM

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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Nationals' negotiations with Bud Black "are over" and they "are now in talks" with Dusty Baker.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was first to report of things falling apart with Black, and now it appears there's no hope of reviving talks between the two parties. Nightengale says that the Nationals made a low-ball two-year contract offer for less than $2 million, so it's no surprise that Black turned it down. At this point, it looks like Baker will be the guy. It's a stunning turn of events for what is a very desirable managing gig.
Source: USAToday.com
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 11:13:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals could hire Dusty Baker, not Bud Black, as their new manager.

It's quite a turn of events, as it was widely reported last week that Black was the Nationals' guy. However, Heyman hears that "there were believed to be contract issues" with the former Padres skipper. Now, Heyman says the club has reached out to Baker and plans to offer him the job. Black and Baker had been viewed as the frontrunners for the gig for a while, and Heyman notes that the Nats "liked Baker very much from the start." Still, it's shocking that it appears Washington might not end up with their No. 1 choice.
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 10:04:00 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post hears that the Nationals "are still deliberating" their managerial choice.

It was Wagner who wrote on Monday that Bud Black "is seen across baseball as the favorite" to be named the Nationals' new manager. However, it appears that Dusty Baker might still have a real shot to come away with the gig. Both longtime managers had their second interviews with the Nats on Monday.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 08:21:00 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Bud Black "is seen across baseball as the favorite" to be named the Nationals' new manager.

Both Black and Dusty Baker received second interviews with the Nats on Monday, but it's Black that looks to be general manager Mike Rizzo's likely choice. Wagner says that a decision is expected to come before the end of the week. Black managed the Padres for nine seasons and was the National League Manager of the Year in 2010.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 05:44:00 PM

According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, Dusty Baker will also receive his second interview from the Nationals on Monday.

The Nationals seem like they're nearing a conclusion to their managerial search, and could name with Baker or Bud Black as their next skipper before the end of the week. Baker hasn't managed since he was last with the Reds during the 2013 season.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 10:54:00 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Bud Black is in Washington D.C. and will have his second interview with the Nationals on Monday.

The Nats have reportedly narrowed their managerial search down to two, Black and Dusty Baker. It's unclear when Baker will receive his second interview. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is on the hunt for an experienced manager to lead his club after the failure of first-time skipper Matt Williams.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 10:39:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that "barring something strange happening," the Nationals are expected to name either Bud Black or Dusty Baker their new manager.

A previous report from the Washington Post noted that Black and Baker would be called back for second interviews, and Heyman says they are "believed to be the only two finalists for the coveted job." General manager Mike Rizzo is eyeing an experienced skipper after previous manager Matt Williams flopped in his second year on the job. Black and Baker have a combined 29 years of managerial experience and four Manager of the Year awards between them.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 03:21:00 PM

James Wagner and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post report that the Nationals will bring back Bud Black and Dusty Baker for second interviews for their manager job.

It's clear that the club plans to hire someone with plenty of experience after Matt Williams flamed out, and both Black and Baker would certainly fit the bill. Ron Gardenhire, Tim Wallach, Ron Wotus, Andy Green and Phil Nevin have also interviewed for the desirable post, but Black and Baker are the only ones that have been given a second look to this point.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 10:57:00 AM

The Nationals recently interviewed Dodgers bench coach Tim Wallach for their managerial opening, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

The Dodgers recently let manager Don Mattingly go and gave his staff permission to seek other opportunities, so there likely wouldn't be any holdup if the Nats wanted to hire Wallach. Andy Green, Ron Wotus, Bud Black and a handful of other candidates have also interviewed for the Nationals' opening.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 11:13:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals interviewed Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green for their managerial opening Tuesday.

Green is also a candidate for the Padres' vacancy. He just finished his first season as a coach with the D'Backs but managed for three seasons in the minors and was named the Southern League Manager of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Ron Wotus, Bud Black, Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire, Cal Ripken, Phil Nevin and Alex Cora are other known candidates for the Nats' gig.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 06:14:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals will interview Giants bench coach Ron Wotus for their vacant managerial position.

Wotus is a fine candidate as a long-time right-hand man to Bruce Bochy who has interviewed for managing gigs in the past. He's been on San Francisco's staff for 17 years and won two Minor League Manager of the Year awards. Bud Black, Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire, Cal Ripken, Phil Nevin and Alex Cora are other known candidates to become the Nationals' next skipper.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 11:02:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Bud Black will interview for the Nationals' vacant managerial position this week.

Heyman reported last week about a possible interview for Black, and he's confirmed that it will indeed happen. General manager Mike Rizzo has indicated that he'd prefer to hire a manager with experience, and Black certainly fits the bill. He managed the Padres for nine seasons and was the National League Manager of the Year in 2010.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 04:31:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Bud Black's name "has come up" in the Nationals' discussions about their managerial vacancy.

He adds that "it isn't known" how high Black's name is on their list of candidates, but Heyman expects the Nats to go after someone with managerial experience. It's been reported that Cal Ripken Jr. will be a candidate for the opening, and he did interview for the job when Matt Williams was hired, but it's hard to see Washington hiring a second straight skipper with zero experience. A friend of Black's told Heyman that while Black would prefer to stay on the West Coast, the Nationals' situation "would interest him." Black managed the Padres for nine seasons and was the National League Manager of the Year in 2010.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 04:40:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Nationals are expected to consider Cal Ripken Jr. for their managerial vacancy.

Matt Williams was fired Monday morning after a tumultuous 2015 season in Washington. Ripken had serious talks with the Nationals before they hired Williams in 2013 and the Orioles legend has maintained a very close relationship with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. This could really happen. Ripken, 55, has stated in the past that he's interested in managing and there's not a more attractive opening in baseball at the moment.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 12:16:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Chris Herrmann
3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Jean Segura
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Chris Owings
2Michael Bourn
3A.J. Pollock
RF1Brandon Drury
2Mitch Haniger
3David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Archie Bradley
4Braden Shipley
5Zack Godley
6Rubby De La Rosa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Enrique Burgos
2Jake Barrett
3Daniel Hudson
4Randall Delgado
5Dominic Leone
6Andrew Chafin
7Steve Hathaway
8Patrick Corbin
9Edwin Escobar