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Matt Williams | Catcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (49) / 11/28/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 223
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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. Oct 5 - 4:40 PM

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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.
Oct 5 - 12:16 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams.

It's not exactly unexpected. Washington had the 2015 National League MVP (Bryce Harper) and an ace who tossed two different no-hitters (Max Scherzer), but the club finished seven games back of the NL East-champion Mets with a record of 83-79. Williams was never very good at in-game strategy and seemed to lose the clubhouse at the end of his two-year tenure. His entire coaching staff was also dismissed. This will be a very attractive vacancy.
Oct 5 - 11:14 AM

The Nationals announced Saturday that they exercised their 2016 option on manager Matt Williams.

It's a nice reward for the skipper after leading his club to a 96-66 record and taking home National League Manager of the Year honors in his first season on the job. With the seemingly historic rotation that he'll have at his disposal, the Nationals will enter the 2015 season as a leading candidate to represent the National League in the World Series.
Feb 21 - 8:14 AM

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday that Matt Williams won the 2014 National League Manager of the Year award.

The Nationals flamed out in the NLDS against the Giants, but this is a regular season award so it's no surprise Williams won after guiding his club to 96 wins in the regular season. He received 18 of 30 first-place votes, with Clint Hurdle finishing runner-up and Bruce Bochy coming in third.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 06:26:00 PM

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday that Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle and Matt Williams are finalists for the National League Manager of the Year award.

Bochy won his third World Series title in the last five years, but postseason results are considered by voters. Williams' Nationals lost in the NLDS, but they won 96 games in the regular season and that alone probably makes the first-year skipper the favorite here. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 06:20:00 PM

The Nationals announced Friday that they will hire Mark Weidemaier to serve as an advance coach, focused solely on defensive alignments.

Weidemaier will be in uniform and in the dugout, and will act as sort of a liaison between the coaching staff and the advance scouts and video scouts. With the noticeable change in philosophy and proven effectiveness of over-shifting and radical defensive alignments, it's very encouraging to see a forward-thinking organization create this new position. Don't be surprised when many other organizations follow suit in the coming years.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 10:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Pedro Severino
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
4Wilmer Difo
SS1Ian Desmond
2Trea Turner
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Matt den Dekker
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Gio Gonzalez
5Tanner Roark
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Blake Treinen
6Felipe Rivero
7Doug Fister
8David Carpenter
9Aaron Barrett
10Craig Stammen
11Pedro Severino
12Rafael Martin
13Matt Grace
14A.J. Cole