Spring training officially got underway less than four days ago, and new manager Matt Williams has already done some pretty cool stuff. He ran the team’s first workout in a way that received high praise from Stephen Strasburg, he discussed having inspirational quotes on the lineup card every day, and he even joked around with Livan Hernandez.
Since the Nationals hired him to be their new manager early on in the offseason, Nationals fans and media members alike have had nothing but good things to say about the new skipper, a trend that will likely continue for the foreseeable future. On Sunday, Williams added yet another argument for his bid to become one of the coolest managers in the game, as he threw batting practice to Nationals hitters.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 16, 2014
Not many managers go out and throw batting practice during spring training, and I think it’s safe to say that that’s probably something Davey Johnson did not do too often.
It’s only been a few days but we already know several things about Matt Williams: he’s working hard and he’s having fun. And as we’ve seen from managers like Joe Maddon, that kind of stuff tends to transfer over to the players and ultimately helps the team win.