New Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams was on 106.7 The Fan this afternoon talking about the team and also about instant replay that was recently approved. Here is some of the things he had to say…
Bryce Harper was a big topic brought up and here is what Williams had to say about him and his spot in the lineup..
“I would like to establish roles for people so they feel comfortable when they walk in.”
“Long answer short, it will depend on the matchup.”
With that you would have to believe he is talking about Harper’s struggles against lefties. If that is the case look for him to bat third against right-handers and fifth or sixth against lefties. Just a guess. It would be the smart thing to do in my opinion.
“It’s uncomfortable, those 1st 2 guys, Jordan & Ian, are vital to our team. They’re going to play a part on our championship team”
Williams also has a mentor when it comes to managing, you will never guess who it is..
“My mentor is Dusty Baker. He has a relationship with his players so its like your big brother talking to you.”
Watch out, Dusty Baker has failed in his recent seasons as “big brother” manager in Cincinnati, let’s hope Matt Williams can do a better job at getting out of the first round of the playoffs.
Finally on instant replay..
“I don’t know if the arguments will go away.”
I sure hope not! The fun of a missed call is the manager coming out to argue. Williams seems like a hot head that could get fired up in a situation like that. It would be very entertaining to see Williams getting really fired up.
It seems like Williams is ready for the season to get going and to be a first time manager. Remember you will see him manage at Nationals Park for the first time March 29th against the Detroit Tigers, the final Spring Training game!