Nationals Part Ways with Manager Matt Williams

By Jack Ross 10/6/15

 

Oh how the mighty have fallen. 

 

After a year marred by injuries, poor performances, and dugout brawls, the Washington Nationals’ disastrous season reached its as the team parted ways with manager Matt Williams. 

 

Williams, the same coach whom just a year earlier took home the NL Manager of the Year award, made headlines this winter as he and the club’s management dominated the free agency period – loading up with big name stars such as Max Scherzer, Casey Janssen, and Yunel Escobar.

 

Expectations were high, with many writers preemptively crowning the Nats as World Series champs before the season even started – claiming their rotation was one of the greatest of all time; and that coupled with a bolstered lineup, the team was destined for 100+ wins. 

 

Matt Williams probably wishes it was still April.  

 

His second season was an utter flop. The Nationals struggled to finish over .500 and with a record of 83-79, finished seven games back of the New York Mets in the NL East. 

 

We had some things that went sideways and we had a whole bunch of injuries, and not much you can do about that except adjust and move on,” Williams stated after the team dropped the final game of the season, a 1-0 nothing loss at the hands of none other than the Mets. “We’re all disappointed in the outcome… It ends very abruptly.” 

 

 
Despite the season being one of the greatest disappointments of the decade (The 2012 Philadelphia Eagles and their Dream Team will be happy to share that title), General Manger Mike Rizzo is still optimistic about the future of the team.  

 

 
“We’ll get all of our baseball operations people together, and we’ll begin the process of sorting out what went right, what went wrong, what we need and what we need to do to go forward to become the championship organization that the Washington fan base deserves,” He said on Sunday.”

 

Alongside Williams, Bench Coach Randy Knorr, Pitching Coach Steve McCarthy, Hitting Coach Rick Schu, Third-base Coach Bobby Henley, First-base Coach Tony Tarasco, Bullpen Coach Matt LeCroy and Advance Scout Mark Weidemaier did not have their contracts renewed by the team.

 

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