Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – The Washington Nationals are set to hire Matt Williams as their new manager, replacing the retired Davey Johnson, according to several media outlets.
This will be the first managerial job at any level for the 47-year-old Williams, who had been on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ coaching staff since 2010, first as first base coach then as third base coach.
A source said the Nationals have a news conference scheduled during the first week of November to announce Williams’ hiring.
Bench coach Randy Knorr will remain with the Nationals as their bench coach under Williams. He has had three stints on Washington’s coaching staff, including spending the last two years as bench coach under Johnson.
Aside from Williams and Knorr, the Nationals have interviewed third-base coach Trent Jewett, Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus and Blue Jays coach DeMarlo Hale for the position.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Williams have a longstanding relationship that dates back to the early 2000s, when Rizzo was Arizona’s scouting director and Williams played for the D-Backs.