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Matt Williams Released After Nats Disappointing 2015 Season

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It was not supposed to end this way.  The Washington Nationals were the favorites to win the NL East Division Crown and make a strong bid for a World Series Championship in 2015. But we all know the season didn’t end up where they hoped and because of their failures, manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff were released on Monday.

The Nationals finished this past season at 83-79, in second place and seven games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

According to MLB.com General Manager Mike Rizzo told Williams during a meeting at Nationals Park on Monday morning that he and his staff were being released.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo shared with MLB.com the reasoning behind the move:

“These are the first of the decisions that we felt we needed to make as we meticulously evaluate why the 2015 season didn’t go the way we had hoped. This entire season was a disappointment, not only for myself, but ownership, to the fan base of Washington. It wasn’t our best year, it wasn’t Matt’s best year. It wasn’t my best year, as an organization, it wasn’t our best year.”

Williams was hired in November 2013 and in 2014 he led the team to a 96-66, the best record in the National League and was named the NL Manager of the Year. Despite having the best record in the NL, they lost to the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 NLDS.

There are rumors around that Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., may be inline to replace Williams. Will be interesting to see who indeed takes over as skipper and what will be needed to turn around their disappointing season.

David Conde

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