Managerial Search Newsbeat
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Nationals plan to hire Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams to become the fifth manager in the team’s brief history, according to a person familiar with the situation. The expected move was first reported by Fox Sports. The Nationals have not confirmed Williams’s planned hiring, as MLB prohibits teams from making major announcements during the World Series.
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Friday, August 09, 2013
Multiple people in baseball, when asked about managerial changes in general, noted that organizations often choose someone who brings a contrasting personality and style to the job than his predecessor.
Johnson is laid back. He doesn’t hold team meetings, opting for private conversations. He prefers to let his actions speak, giving players their confidence boosts through putting them in the lineup, or letting them pitch out of a jam in the seventh inning, or using them in a tight spot in relief. He has few qualms about divulging his opinions to the media.
Through discussions with industry and team sources, four possible names emerged as possibilities for when the Nationals begin their managerial search in earnest: Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams, Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr, Nationals third base coach Trent Jewett and Houston Astros manager Bo Porter.
They all operate differently than Johnson. They are younger, and some have more outward fire than the 70-year-old Johnson often projects.
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