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  1. Rick Eckstein takes position with Angels

    Nov 5, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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    Fired on July 22 from his job as hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, Rick Eckstein has finally landed on his feet, taking a position with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. Eckstein will help the Angels as an assistant hitting coach, but will also have advance scouting duties. FoxSports.com first reported the news. Eckstein was…

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

    Nov 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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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…

  3. Williams on “aggressive” approach to baseball

    Nov 5, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    There is much we already know about Matt Williams. We know he was an intense competitor during his 17 big-league seasons. We know he is an excellent communicator based on his post-playing career as a broadcaster and coach. And we know he believes in the importance of defense based on his own track record (four…

  4. Detwiler, Garcia come off 60-day DL

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

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    The Nationals officially activated Ross Detwiler and Christian Garcia off the 60-day disabled list, required procedural moves that transfer both pitchers back onto the club’s 40-man roster for the offseason. Detwiler dealt with a lingering back injury much of the season that ultimately was diagnosed as a herniated disc. The left-hander was limited to 13…

  5. VIDEO: Players excited about Williams hire

    Nov 4, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    At Friday’s press conference CSN caught up with a few Nats players who were in attendance. Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Tanner Roark were there in the first row to welcome their new manager, alongside bench coach Randy Knorr who will remain as the team’s bench coach. Some of those players had voiced their support…

  6. Knorr embraces role as Williams’ bench coach

    Nov 4, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Randy Knorr knew he had overwhelming support from players, not to mention Davey Johnson. He felt his interview with Mike Rizzo and members of the Lerner family a few weeks ago went well. And, he admitted, there was a point when he really thought he was going to be the next manager of the Washington…

  7. Williams on Harper: ‘I love the way he plays the game’

    Nov 3, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

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    As Matt Williams takes over as manager of the Washington Nationals, he knows he’s got a roster with talent top to bottom. They won 98 games just two seasons ago and you don’t have to follow them closely to know they have star players. Whether it’s Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman or Bryce Harper, the Nats…

  8. 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.…

  9. VIDEOS: Highlights from Matt Williams’ press conference

    Nov 2, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Nationals introduced Matt Williams, the team’s new manager, at Nats Park by pulling out all the stops. They had the Lerner family and other members of the ownership group, dozens of team employees, and tons of media in attendance. Even Jayson Werth, Ian Desmond and Tanner Roark were there. It was a very…

  10. Williams adds LeCroy, Weidemaier to coaching staff

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Nationals will keep most of their coaching staff intact despite a change in managers, a decision both Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams agreed upon, but they will have two new coaches in uniform next season, including one who will hold a brand-new position. Matt LeCroy, who played for the Nationals in 2006 and has…

  11. Williams ready to put his stamp on Nationals

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    Rarely does any manager — let alone a first-time manager with only four years of big-league coaching experience — take over a club with few obvious roster holes and the expectation of immediate success. So as Matt Williams, on his first official day as manager of the Nationals, contemplated what needs to be fixed on…

  12. Nats want new manager Matt Williams ‘to be Matt’

    Nov 1, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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    [Watch the Nationals introduce Matt Williams live at 2 p.m. on CSN] Matt Williams is set to be introduced as the Nationals manager on Friday afternoon, his first official day on the job. What lies ahead for him would be a monumental challenge for any manager – expectations to compete for a World Series – much less one…

  13. Roster review: Tyler Moore

    Nov 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: 16th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 106 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $493,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats (Nats only): 63 G, 178 PA, 16 R, 37 H, 9 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB, 8…

  14. Rizzo on Williams: “The best candidate available”

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Updated at 1:25 p.m. Mike Rizzo had known Matt Williams for roughly 14 years and for much of that time had considered the All-Star third baseman a “manager-in-training.” But Rizzo insists he didn’t settle on Williams as the Nationals’ new manager until after the 47-year-old Diamondbacks coach formally interviewed for the job earlier this month…

  15. Roster review: Scott Hairston

    Oct 31, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 33 How acquired: Traded from Cubs for RHP Ivan Pineyro and player-to-be-named, July 2013 MLB service time: 8 years, 102 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Signed for $2.5 million in 2014 (Cubs will pay $500,000 of that), free agent in 2015 2013 Stats (Nats only): 33 G, 62…

  16. Roster review: Taylor Jordan

    Oct 30, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 93 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $490,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 9 G, 51.2 IP, 59 H, 27 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 29 SO, 3 HR, 1.355 WHIP, 1-3, 3.66 ERA, 3.49 FIP,…

  17. No Gold Gloves for Span, Desmond

    Oct 29, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Superb defensive seasons by Denard Span and Ian Desmond weren’t quite superb enough to earn baseball’s highest fielding honor. Neither Span nor Desmond won Gold Glove Awards, which were officially handed out tonight by Rawlings, though each Nationals player was a finalist at his respective position. Span lost out to the Brewers’ Carlos Gomez as…

  18. Roster review: Ross Ohlendorf

    Oct 29, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 31 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 4 years, 170 days 2013 salary+bonuses: Unknown Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2016 2013 Stats: 16 G, 7 GS, 60.1 IP, 56 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 14 BB, 45 SO, 8 HR, 1.160 WHIP, 4-1,…

  19. Roster review: Ian Krol

    Oct 28, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 22 How acquired: Traded with RHP A.J. Cole and RHP Blake Treinin from A’s for OF/1B Michael Morse, who went to Mariners, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 117 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $490,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 32 G, 27.1 IP, 28 H, 12…

  20. Roster review: Fernando Abad

    Oct 27, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 28 How acquired: Minor-league free agent, Nov. 2012 MLB service time: 2 years, 73 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $500,000 (approx.) Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 39 G, 37.2 IP, 42 H, 14 R, 14 ER, 10 BB, 32 SO, 3 HR, 1.381 WHIP, 0-3, 3.35…

  21. VIDEO: What does Matt Williams bring to Nats?

    Oct 27, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

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    In hiring Matt Williams as their manager (or at least planning to), the Nationals opted for an external candidate with no MLB managerial experience to pull from. They chose an up-and-comer who was a very good major league player and should bring a unique energy to the clubhouse. Exactly what type of manager will Williams…

  22. Strasburg, Harper, LaRoche all have surgeries

    Oct 26, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Three of the Nationals’ most important players underwent various surgical procedures in the last three days, the club announced Saturday morning, with Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche each having their elbows repaired and Bryce Harper having his knee fixed. All face recovery times of 4-to-6 weeks and are expected to be ready for the start…

  23. Familiarity key to Williams’ hire

    Oct 25, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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    Major-league general managers only get so many opportunities to hire a new manager, even fewer opportunities to conduct a managerial search with a completely clean slate. So when presented with such a scenario, Mike Rizzo did what almost any GM would have done: He went with the guy he’s always believed would make a great…

  24. Source: Nationals plan to hire Williams as manager

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

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    Matt Williams appears to be the choice for the Nationals’ managerial opening. General manager Mike Rizzo has settled on Williams among the pool of candidates who interviewed for the job and plans to hire the Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach, a source familiar with the process confirmed this morning. Rizzo also hopes to keep Randy…

  25. Roster review: Steve Lombardozzi

    Oct 25, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: 19th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 23 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $501,000 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2015, free agent in 2018 2013 Stats: 118 G, 307 PA, 25 R, 75 H, 15 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 22 RBI, 4 SB, 8 BB, 34…

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