Matt Williams Newsbeat
Monday, October 05, 2015
So it would make sense, as the Nationals look for Williams’ replacement following his inevitable firing Monday, that they would veer the opposite direction, that they would hire someone with experience. It’s a typical response in sports: The defensive coach in football failed? Hire an offensive guy. Davey Johnson was too laissez faire with his players? Bring in the Big Marine.
Yeah, yeah, the Nats finally fired Matty. Now what??
I wonder if he has lost the clubhouse now.
The Washington Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams after two seasons, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
The Nationals were projected by many to be World Series contenders in 2015, but failed to make the postseason, going just 83–79 and ceding the NL East to the New York Mets.
Williams took the job in 2014 as a first-time skipper and led the Nationals to a 96–66 record, earning NL Manager of the Year honors. Washington was eliminated by the San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series that year.
Bench coach Randy Knorr was a candidate for the job in 2014, and could be a consideration to take over for Williams.
Monday, September 28, 2015
The Nationals are a mess.
Yes, Harper risked a reaction—and elicited an overreaction—first by failing to run, then by appearing to tell Papelbon, “let’s go,” after Pap confronted him. Tell another player, “let’s go,” and maybe he drops it or resumes the discussion later. Utter those words to a pit bull— er, Papelbon—and it’s game on.
Whatever, Papelbon vs. Harper was a mere symptom of the larger disease. This is the fourth straight year that the Nats’ season will end in disappointment, even though in two of those seasons they won 96 and 98 games.
New manager needed. New players. And uh, a better marketing phrase, too.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
If you’ve lost even Boz, you’ve lost.
Of course, the ruckus started in the Nats’ favorite inning for disasters involving relievers: the eighth. Why rewrite a polished script? The bullpen’s trashed everything else this year, why not fight the likely NL MVP? Fan Appreciation Day, indeed.
After the game, the Nats had their annual “Shirts Off Their Backs” promotion with each player handing his game-worn jersey to a contest-winning fan. The Nats should make sure two fans receive the first authenticated brawl-used jerseys ever.
An hour after the game, the outfield was filled with fans who took instruction in “Yoga in the Park.” Yes, to improve their serenity. No Nationals participated. ...
On Saturday, after elimination, Williams encountered a century-old ritual for every manager — face the music. What does it all mean, Matt? Now that it’s over, own up: share your analysis or feelings. Or just change expression.
“We have to win tomorrow,” said Williams.
No, you don’t. You’re mathematically dead. Would the captain of the Titanic say, “We have to put that iceberg behind us and get ready for tomorrow”?
Now the 2015 Nationals take their place in a dark D.C. corner with the 2000 Redskins, who boasted of their Super Bowl chances after signing future Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith. Also in that dunce-cap row sit the 2009-10 Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals, who lost in the first round of the playoffs to the team with the 16th-best point total in the NHL in the regular season.
Williams has become the symbol of the season. But the Lerner family who own the team, General Manager Mike Rizzo and $168 million worth of players must bear most of the brunt.
If a team ever needed to look at its issues honestly, while not forgetting its strengths, it’s the Nats now. Organizational culture — whether one of accountability and candor or merely of best-face rationalization — has enormous cumulative impact that can last decades, as Dan Snyder’s NFL team has shown.
Friday, September 25, 2015
I don’t think Williams survives.
“And then, after the season, we’re going to take a look at all aspects of our operation, from general manager’s office all the way down to the 40-man roster, and we’ll make decisions based on what our findings are, and how to proceed to make this organization continue to be playing meaningful games in September and October and to be one of the real vital franchises in baseball.”
Posted: September 25, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 12 comment(s)
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Max Scherzer and Matt Williams aren’t buddies.
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The fist pound attempt was very awkward.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
“Truly, I love him as a manager. Flat out I absolutely do,” Harper said. “If I didn’t, everybody would know. Absolutely everybody would know. I’m not shy to say things. Being able to play for a guy like that that I can actually go up to him and talk to him about approach, at-bat to at-bat, and just being able to have the fire and intensity that he has, and the way he approaches every single day. He wants us to be perfect and I love that as a manager. I played for a guy like that in high school and my dad is exactly like that also. So being able to come in every single day and that approach to win ballgames and playing for a guy like that is fun. I love Matt and see what he thinks about hitting.”
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
There is blood in the water.
Snapshots from a Tuesday night at Nats Park: a man in the outfield flinging his hat to the ground and screaming “I hate you Matt Williams,” after the manager called for a bunt in the bottom of the ninth with one of his best hitters at the plate. A quartet of fans from the high-end Presidents Club loudly booing Williams after he left his post-game news conference. Fans — including season-ticket holders — walking out early, and making clear that their action was not inspired by apathy or disinterest or an early bedtime, but by disgust.
The question wasn’t why some fans were leaving in the bottom of the eighth; it was why so many stayed.
“I’m so angry right now,” seethed Calvin Osborne of Fort Washington as he departed. “I’m angry that the manager makes stupid decisions. I’m not coming back to the park until he’s gone. I’m serious. If it means five years, I’m not coming. I’m not coming back until Matt Williams is not the manager.”
“I’ve taken as much of this as I can stand. I mean, heads have really got to roll,” said Scott Bennett of the District. “I’m just flummoxed. I’ve never seen anything like this in all my life. It’s just heartbreaking, it really is.”
Posted: September 09, 2015 at 06:51 AM | 37 comment(s)
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Matt Williams time in D.C. might not last longer than the rest of the season.
There’s a time to recognize that baseball is a long, six-month grind and as a manager you have to be aware not to burn out your bullpen. Then there’s a time to play with a little more urgency. That time is now for the Washington Nationals.
Somebody wake up Matt Williams and tell him.
Posted: September 01, 2015 at 10:57 AM | 19 comment(s)
Monday, August 03, 2015
Jeff Passan’s Monday notes column.
Posted: August 03, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 25 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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