(NEW YORK) — It looks like the Washington Nationals have found a replacement for Davey Johnson as ESPN reports the team plans to hire Matt Williams as the team’s next manager. The news was first reported by FoxSports.com.
Williams has never been a manager at any level, but served as a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for the past four seasons in various roles.
The 47-year-old Williams was a five-time All-Star third baseman during his 17-year career with the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Williams will be taking over for the recently retired Johnson after two-and-a-half seasons with the team.
Johnson went 224-183 with the Nationals and helped lead them into a new era of Nationals baseball. With young stars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are still one of the more exciting up-and-coming teams in Major League Baseball. In 2012, the Nationals led Major League Baseball with 98 wins, but won just 86 games in 2013 and missed the playoffs.
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