Nobody has talked to Nats’ Williams about job status

By Bill Ladson

NEW YORK — Despite the reports that he is going to be dismissed as manager of the Nationals, Matt Williams said nobody in the front office talked to him about his status with the club. He is said he is focusing on the final three games of the season against the Mets.

“Nobody has spoken to me at this point and, frankly, it’s not a concern of mine right now. We have a guy [Bryce Harper] who is a potential MVP on our team and we have three games to play. That’s what I’m concentrating on. That’s what I know right now. As of today I have a job to do a couple of time and we’ll go from there.”

It was a bad month of September for Williams. The Mets swept a crucial three-game series from the Nationals at Nationals Park during the second week of September. By Sept. 26, the Nationals were eliminated from postseason contention as the Mets won the National League East title.

A day later, teammates Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon were involved in a dugout confrontation. It was a fight that Williams claimed he didn’t see until he saw a video of it later that night. Papelbon ended up getting suspended four games because of the fracas.

Then reports surfaced in the Washington Post that Williams lost the club, doesn’t communicate well with his players and players questioning how Williams handled the bullpen, which turned out to be its weakest link.

Asked why he didn’t defend himself after the reports came, Williams said, “I personally feel that it’s my job to be a calming force as opposed to a disruptive one. We have a lot of talented players on this team that I support whole heartedly every single day. I will not stop doing that – ever. Believe me when I tell you this.

“So with that being said, I’m not going to subject this team to any more distractions. There no need for further distractions at this point. What’s important is that we finish this season strong, Beyond that, it noise.”

Williams said he talks to Nationals management every single day, but wouldn’t tell the local media what has been said between the two parties.

8 Comments

Matt Williams you are history you have not done your job well adios amigo

Williams should get a pay raise for the Nats winning as much as they did. Key players didn’t perform. One exception Harper.

Williams might of said, he “personally feel that it’s his job to be a calming force as opposed to a disruptive one.” Well, in my opinion and that of many others, he surely is disruptive when he keep pulling the starting pitcher so early. The Nats lost a lot of game before he didn’t keep the starter in there, at least for 1-2 innings more. He too quick with the ‘hook’, knowing that his bullpen was nit doing the job. The pen was one of the worse in Nats history.

We lost this season, last season and especially the 2012 season, when he pulled J. Zimmermann with only one out for the win. He’s done! If not, then Rizzo should go too.

Thanks for your good writing and covering of the Nats, Bill.

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Some team will give him a job! It never ceases to amaze me why they keep giving the same old guys jobs as managers when there are so many younger & more qualified guys out there! They keep saying it’s not about race , but why doesn’t Jose Oquendo(sp?) & some of these other long -time minorities havn’t got a chance yet? Hmmm….

I wasn’t surprised they let Matt Williams go, but wow, the whole coaching start? I guess the on weds and Rizzo are planning to starting a new team from the management level. Sure hope it works. I know the prayers win and lose games, but Williams contributes to too many loses, the to his lack of managerial experience.

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