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Matt Williams hired as Washington Nationals manager

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(WJLA) - The Washington Nationals will hire former MLB All-Star Matt Williams as their new manager, according to multiple reports.

Williams has served as a base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for several years. Photo: Associated Press

As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals have chosen Williams, a longtime big leaguer and Major League coach, to be the team's new skipper.

Williams has spend the past several years as a base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team with which he won a World Series title with in 2001. He has no managerial experience.

He'll replace the recently retired Davey Johnson, who led the Nationals to the franchise's only playoff berth since moving to Washington.

Beyond his years in Arizona, Williams played for the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians during his 17-year MLB career, during which he established himself as a power hitter with a solid glove at 3rd base.

The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reports that Williams has had a close relationship with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo that dates back to both of their times in Arizona.

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