District Daily: Matt Williams talks NLDS decisions, Souza’s talent on display


October 7, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals manager

Matt Williams

addresses media in a press conference before game four of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers! Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:

Williams talks NLDS decisions, Nats’ season in Q&A

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

The Nationals had a great year under first-year manager Matt Williams, going 96-66. However, they fell to the Giants in the National League Division Series.

MLB.com caught up with Matt Williams recently to talk about the 2014 season, including the moves he made during the NLDS that had people scratching their heads.

MLB.com: How are you doing since the postseason ended for the Nationals?

Matt Williams: I’m doing well. I think everybody that I’ve spoken to regarding the team is doing well, reflecting on the year and talking about how special it was. It was also disappointing at the same time. Read full article here.

Pleskoff: Souza’s talent on display after rocky road

(Bernie Pleskoff, MLB.com)

Many people would say right-handed-hitting outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was the top player in the Washington Nationals’ farm system this season. He was named the MVP and Rookie of the Year playing for Triple-A Syracuse in the International League.

Following that fantastic Minor League season in which he hit a combined .345 at Class A Hagerstown (one game), Class A Advanced Potomac (three games and 10 plate appearances) and Triple-A Syracuse (96 games and 407 plate appearances), Souza had a Major League moment he will never forget. Neither will Nats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, his big league teammates, manager Matt Williams or the fans. With two outs in the ninth inning in the final game of the season, Souza made a remarkable running and sliding catch to preserve Zimmermann’s no-hitter. Read full article here.