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VIDEO: Rizzo on Williams: ‘The right guy at the right time’

Nov 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EST

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo conducted a thorough search to replace Davey Johnson in the Nats’ dugout, and in the end went with a man he has a long history with. In comes Matt Williams who has been on Rizzo’s radar for years as a potential skipper.

Mark caught up with Rizzo at last Friday’s press conference and talked about the search that brought Williams here. Rizzo acknowledged their history, but said it in no way made the former third baseman the frontrunner coming in. On that subject, he also shares his philosophy on hiring friends and why he doesn’t believe it is a good idea, generally speaking.

Check it out here:

  1. Sonny G 10 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I think Rizzo did a splendid job on the Williams hire. Hope I still think so at the end of next season.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    I wonder how Davey feels about “the right guy at the right time”. He’s like the forgotten man already.

    • David Proctor - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Well Davey had some parting shots at Rizzo on the way out so…

      • nats128 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        David, I agree. Davey should have taken the high road and kept that toothy grin and smiled all the way to Bora Bora. A few years down the road they should retire his # in DC and then he can get ready for his acceptance speech in Cooperstown.

  3. Section 222 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Hopefully Davey’s enjoying his trip to Bora Bora, and doesn’t give a crap about what people are now saying here. He’s rich, he had a great career, he’ll be elected to the HoF in five years. What else can you ask for? Certainly not to be regarded as some kind of god when you finished 86-76 in your last season as a manager.

  4. David Proctor - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

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    Sources: Rick Eckstein joining #Angels’ coaching staff. I do not yet know position. His brother David won World Series with Angels in 2002.

    Good for Rick. He was unfairly scapegoated for what went wrong.

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