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VIDEO: Matt Williams one-on-one

Nov 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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On Friday Mark was able to get the Nationals’ new manager, Matt Williams, for a one-on-one interview at Nats Park. The new skipper talked about the talent on the team and managing for the first time.

He understands the expectations the team will have in 2014 and seems to be genuinely excited to get started. On his style as manager, Williams hit home the fact he will be very, very aggressive. Next season should be fun to watch.

Check it out right here:

  1. Doc - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    i was always aware, from press reports, how much of a grinder Matt was as a player.

    What has surprised me from the recent series of press interviews, is how he is so well spoken. Should be some interesting post-game pressers coming up in ’14.

    GooooooooooooooooooooooMatt! GoooooooooooooooooooooooooooNats!!!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      He definitely speaks well and its the passion that comes through that I really like. You can tell he’s living the dream.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Per Chase, Matt’s style will be “very, very aggressive”. The more aggressive you do get the more aggressive the opponents get to thwart you. They have scouts too. The element of surprise is your best strategy.

    I’m all for a divergence from pure Earl Weaver status quo but you need certain personnel to pull off the more aggressive style. Stats have shown hit & run can be effective but it fails more times than it succeeds and leads to sometimes an embarrassing caught stealing.

    I would like to see some more stolen bases, the occasional suicide squeeze, and some more bunts for hits. Not sure if I can stomach more baserunning blunders but I remain cautiously optimistic.

    Remember, the Nats weren’t having problems scoring runs on average in the 2nd 1/2 of the season. The solution is a fast start!

    • David Proctor - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      I’m okay with the hit-and-run, but it needs to be used in very particular spots and with very particular batters. For instance, Anthony Rendon I think would be a great guy to hit-and-run with. He handles the bat very well and has no problem poking the ball into the opposite field. Ryan Zimmerman is another who can hit the ball that way. I wouldn’t so much do it with a guy like Desmond. Not because he can’t hit the ball in that direction, but I don’t think he’s as refined as hitter–plus he strikes out a ton. The personnel and situation should dictate it.

      We’ll see how it all plays out.

    • Doc - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Correctomundo Ghost!

      Matt needs to interpret the situation and “data” in light of the personnel. Hit and run, with Willy Ramos AB, will frequently turn into a DP. Want to see Willy hit 30+ HRs next year, but he runs like a granny. He was meant for an Early Weaver/Davey approach to hitting.

      Also, not everybody knows how to steal, even those with passable speed. After 7 or 8 years in MLB, Span is still trying to figure out how to rip a base.

      • Section 222 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Wouldn’t a hit and run with Ramos on 1st be more of a problem, especially if the pitcher is hitting? :-)

  3. Section 222 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I like what I’m hearing so far a lot, especially on defensive positioning and aggressive (and hopefully smarter) baserunning.

    Of course, while the manager calls squeeze plays and steals, it’s the 3B coach who sends runners to third and home. So is the Williams philosophy going to give the green light to Jewett to give the green light, and would that necessarily be a good thing? I’m not wild about seeing ALR or Ramos thrown out at third or home on a regular basis.

    Anyone heard any back story on Lett? Is he still going to be with the organization? Is there something he did or didn’t do, or did they just want to give LeCroy a shot to coach in the bigs? I assume that unlike the Weidemayer hiring, this was a Rizzo call not a Williams request.

    I’m looking forward to hearing Williams’ views on lineup construction. Does he keep Zim in the 2-hole. Where does Harper bat? Does he like a L-R-L-R lineup? Does he think players perform better if they are in the same spot every night, or is he going to vary the lineup depending on the pitcher?

    I’m hoping to hear what he thinks about our pitchers’ inability to hold runners. Who’s going to fix that? Our current coaches haven’t been able to, so I guess it’s up to Williams, Lecroy, and Weidemayer.

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