Matt Williams fills out lineup cards with coaches’ input

brushback_harperMatt Williams knows he is the new guy around here. He doesn’t have an intimate knowledge of the Nationals players or minor league system like other coaches on his staff. So, every day when he meets with his coaching staff in spring, he solicits their input on a lineup.

This may sound like a trivial fact to note, but it is another telling example of Williams’s personality. He is keenly self-aware and knows when to defer to others’ expertise.

“He has no ego,” said defensive coordinator/advance scout Mark Weidemaier, who Williams worked with in Arizona and brought to Washington.

Williams believes that leaning on his coaches, who the know the personalities of the players, will help him make better decisions for the team. “We do (the lineups) as a group and I think that’s important for us to do,” he said.

Even during the regular season, Williams said he wants to lean on his coaches daily to help collectively decide on a lineup.

“We want to make the decisions on our club as a team and encourage them to be forthright and give me their opinion because it matters,” he said. “And the fact I don’t have 20 years experience doing this so I’m going to need their help, too.”

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