Former San Francisco Giants third baseman, Matt Williams is set to be named the new manager of the Washington Nationals, via CSN Washington. Williams is currently the 3B coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks and been in consideration for a few managerial positions recently, including the Colorado Rockies.
Williams is a beloved former Giant, traded away to the Indians for the likes of Jeff Kent, another somewhat beloved Giant (unless you are asking me about him).
Williams, 47, has been a member of the Diamondbacks’ coaching staff the last four seasons and previously managed in the Arizona Fall League. An intense competitor during his playing days with the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks, he was a popular clubhouse leader for the 2001 Arizona club that won the World Series and employed Rizzo as scouting director.
No official announcement has been made yet, but it seems set in stone that Williams is headed to Washington, where he’ll get to manage a pretty decent team over there. I’d imagine it’s a huge loss the Diamondbacks organization.
Cole Kuiper summed up best how Giants fans feel about him, particularly, at the time of his trade.
Congrats to Matt Williams. He'll make a great manager in DC. I cried at school in 2nd grade when I found out the Giants traded him.
— Cole Kuiper (@guacacoley) October 25, 2013
Best of luck to Matt on his new adventure, and beat the Phillies!