Nationals Journal: matt williams


Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 04/18/2014

Matt Williams ‘not concerned’ about Nationals’ play

The Nationals’ manager is thinking about his team’s psyche, but at least publicly he’s not ready to panic about their sloppy play.

By Adam Kilgore  |  06:57 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:57 AM ET, 04/13/2014

Jayson Werth pinch hits, Matt Williams frustrated at instant replay and other notes

Werth ran during batting practice and shagged flyballs, and said he was available to play.

By James Wagner  |  01:57 AM ET, 04/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Instant replay, Jayson Werth, matt williams, Ryan Zimmerman

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/23/2014

Matt Williams has the Nationals traveling together

Matt Williams wants the Nationals to build cohesion in the last week of spring in an unusual way.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Nationals continue to struggle holding baserunners -- and other notes

Also, Doug Fister will throw in a minor league game on Monday.

By James Wagner  |  10:10 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Catchers, Instant replay, Jordan Zimmermann, matt williams

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Matt Williams’s contract terms

The Nationals signed Matt Williams to a two-year contract with two team-option seasons.

By Adam Kilgore  |  01:02 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contracts, matt williams

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 03/09/2014

Stephen Strasburg’s solid second start -- and other notes

The right-hander allowed one run over three innings and induced two double plays.

By James Wagner  |  07:23 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drew Storen, matt williams, Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 03/08/2014

Nationals remain unconcerned about Doug Fister’s inflamed elbow

Manager Matt Williams again says the team is not concerned about the right-hander’s barking right elbow.

By James Wagner  |  02:20 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  doug fister, matt williams

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Jayson Werth on the Nationals being ‘aggressive’ baserunners

The Nationals right fielder has a similar offensive philosophy to the new manager. Also, an update on his minor right bicep strain.

By James Wagner  |  01:50 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baserunning, Jayson Werth, matt williams, Spring Training

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 02/28/2014

Taylor Jordan’s first start, Michael Taylor’s play -- and other notes from Game 1

Taylor Jordan allows one hit over two innings in first start of the spring and A.J. Cole follows up with two scoreless innings in Nationals’ 5-4 win over Mets.

By James Wagner  |  07:12 PM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  aj cole, matt williams, Micahel Taylor, Taylor Jordan

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 02/24/2014

Matt Williams will keep an eye on Bryce Harper’s knee during spring training games

The Nationals manager says the left fielder’s knee has held up well during drills.

By James Wagner  |  05:05 PM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Injuries, matt williams

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Matt Williams briefed on MLB’s new instant replay system

The Nationals manager outlines what he learned about baseball’s new challenge system.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Instant replay, matt williams

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Matt Williams, Nationals mull MLB’s new replay system

Matt Williams is on equal ground with the 29 other managers when it comes to figuring out MLB’s new replay system.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/17/2014

Matt Williams faces the music

Matt Williams’s unique thoughts on the connection between baseball rhythm, music and dance.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  matt williams, Morning Brushback

Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 02/15/2014

Scenes from Matt Williams’s first day and the Nationals’ first workout

Matt Williams fired up Stephen Strasburg, Christian Garcia made it through and other scenes from the Nats’ first workout.

By Adam Kilgore  |  07:26 PM ET, 02/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  matt williams, pitchers and catchers

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Outtakes from our profile on Matt Williams

Leftover stories, quotes and nuggets from our profile of Matt Williams.

By Adam Kilgore  |  08:36 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Matt Williams has mapped out every day of Nationals spring training

The new manager has all 41 days of spring training mapped out down to the minute detail. And some players welcome that approach.

By James Wagner  |  03:18 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  matt williams, Spring Training

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Matt Williams’s role is key in first winter meetings as manager

In his first winter meetings as the Nationals’ manager, Matt Williams has been helped shape Mike Rizzo’s trade and free agent targets.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Matt Williams talks with Davey Johnson, invites him to spring training

Johnson has said he wants to stay away from camp out of respect to the new manager, but Williams has since invited him.

By James Wagner  |  07:50 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  davey johnson, matt williams

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Nats drawing interest on Storen, Clippard; search for left-handed reliever continues

The Nationals are receiving a lot of interest on Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, both of whom other clubs view as closers.

By Adam Kilgore  |  02:11 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  matt williams, winter meetings

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Randy Knorr on his visit to Arizona to hang out with Matt Williams

The bench coach spends four days in Arizona with the Nationals’ new manager so the two could get to know each other better.

By James Wagner  |  12:51 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaching staff, matt williams, randy knorr

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/05/2013

That time Matt Williams yelled at Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth shouted back

In June 2011, while with the Diamondbacks, Williams took offense to Ramos’s slow trot after a home run. Here’s what this says about the new Nationals manager and his personality.

By James Wagner  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jayson Werth, matt williams, wilson ramos

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Matt Williams wants to help Bryce Harper, not change him

Matt Williams says Bryce Harper is a “stallion” who should stay aggressive.

By Adam Kilgore  |  09:32 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, matt williams

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Nationals coaching staff to return nearly intact, will add a new position focused on defense

All but one member of the coaching staff will return next season under Matt Williams.

By James Wagner  |  06:50 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaching staff, matt williams

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/01/2013

Matt Williams introduced as Nationals manager

The Nationals’ new manager is introduced at an afternoon press conference.

By James Wagner  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Mike Rizzo on Matt Williams, managerial search and coaching staff

The Nationals general manager shared his first public thoughts about the team’s new hire.

By James Wagner  |  01:57 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013

Nationals announce the hiring of Matt Williams as manager

The Nationals officially made Matt Williams their manager.

By Adam Kilgore  |  11:31 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Mike Rizzo puts his faith in Matt Williams

The Nationals’ hiring of Matt Williams shows, again, that this is Mike Rizzo’s franchise.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:04 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  matt williams, mike rizzo

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Nationals to hire Matt Williams as manager (updated)

Washington is set to make the Diamondbacks’ third base coach its new manager and wants to retain Randy Knorr, the popular bench coach.

By Adam Kilgore  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Matt Williams interviews for Nationals’ managerial position

Matt Williams became the second external candidate known to have interviewed to become the Nationals’ next manager.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:07 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  manager search, matt williams

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 09/28/2013

Matt Williams mum on Nationals' manager search, but others endorse him

After a career defined by intensity, the Diamondbacks assistant has become a top candidiate to manage the Nats by softening his edge.

By Adam Kilgore  |  12:19 PM ET, 09/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  manager search, matt williams