WASHINGTON — The Nationals will fire manager Matt Williams when the season ends, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports.
Heyman reported Friday morning Williams will indeed be let go amid much speculation that he would after a series of controversial managerial decisions. Most recently, Williams allowed closer Jonathan Papelbon to pitch the ninth inning of a game last week after choking teammate Bryce Harper.
“He’s a nice man and he tried hard, but he probably was miscast as a first-time manager with a team toting huge expectations,” Heyman says about Williams.
While Williams is apparently on his way out, general manager Mike Rizzo, who assembled the team that fell well below expectations this season, is expected to remain with the team, Heyman says.
Many of the team’s top players, including Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond, are free agents after the season.
It has been widely speculated the Nationals could dramatically change the makeup of the roster in the coming months, and some wondered if Rizzo would be the man in charge of that project. But Rizzo is also the one who assembled the team that has won at least 96 games twice in the past four seasons, and his decisions have generally been well received.