WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC Sports, KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported Thursday that Matt Williams was the front-runner to replace Davey Johnson as Nationals manager and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Washington plans to hire the Diamondbacks third base coach.
The Washington Post is also reporting the moving saying Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr, Nationals first base coach Trent Jewett, Padres front office official Brad Ausmus, and Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale also interviewed for the job.
Williams played baseball at Carson City High School earning the nickname the 'The Carson City Crusher', Williams played baseball at UNLV. The 47-year-old Williams played 17 seasons in the majors, appearing in six All-Star games and finishing runner-up for the MVP in 1994 before getting into coaching.
Williams' Grandfather, Bert Griffith, played for the professional baseball team in Washington in 1924. That team, the Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins.