Report: Matt Williams front-runner for Nationals manager job

Report: Matt Williams front-runner for Nationals manager job
October 24, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Matt Williams spent 10 of his 17 MLB seasons with the Giants, amassing 247 of his 378 career home runs in Orange and Black. (USATSI)

The Nationals hope to announce their sixth manager in team history by November, and former Giants third baseman Matt Williams could be the guy, according to an MLB.com report.

Williams has a relationship with Washington GM Mike Rizzo, who was the scouting director with Arizona when Williams played third base for the world championship 2001 team. 

"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," said Buck Showalter, who managed Williams in Arizona from 1998-2000. "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."

If the Nationals go with Williams, the report indicates that the team will ask Randy Knorr, who also interviewed for the head coaching position, to remain as bench coach.

Former manager Davey Johnson retired following a disappointing 2013 season, and, in addition to Williams and Knorr, the team has interviewed Brad Ausmus, DeMarlo Hale and Trent Jewett to replace him. Cal Ripken, Jr., Dusty Baker and Dave Martinez have all been implicated as options, but none have been interviewed.

Williams, 47, spent 10 of his 17 MLB seasons with the San Francisco Giants, amassing 247 of his 378 career home runs in Orange and Black.