Nationals announce Matt Williams as new manager

Williams: 'I bring passion to the game I love'

Nationals announce Matt Williams as new manager
October 31, 2013, 9:00 am
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Matt Williams spent the first 10 seasons of his 17-year career with the Giants, hitting 247 home runs in Orange and Black. (NATIONALS)

The Washington Nationals announced that former Giants third baseman Matt Williams will be the team's new manager on Thursday.

“I am thrilled to welcome Matt to our organization and am confident he is the best choice to lead the Nationals at this time,” general manager Mike Rizzo was quoted. “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.”

Williams, 47, spent the first 10 seasons of his 17-year career with the Giants, as 247 of his 378 home runs came in Orange and Black. Williams, a five-time All-Star, turned in six seasons with 30-plus home runs, earned four Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards at third.