Washington Nationals hire Matt Williams as new manager

Washington will be Williams' first managerial job in the big leagues. Photo: Associated Press

(WJLA) - The Washington Nationals are officially going from one of the most experienced managers in recent history to one with no major league managerial experience at all.

Confirming a move that was rumored last week, the Nationals announced Thursday that they have hired Matt Williams as the team's new manager.

Williams comes to Washington after spending the past four years as a base coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Before beginning his career as a coach, Williams spent 17 years playing for the Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.

"I feel privileged and honored to be a part of this team," Williams said in a statement released by the team. "It's a wonderful group of guys and a great organization. I'm simply here to help take us to the next level."

Williams will be introduced on Friday. A five-time MLB All-Star, Williams slugged 378 home runs and 1,281 RBI over his long career, which spanned from 1987 to 2003.

He was a member of the Diamondbacks' World Series championship team in 2001 and finished 2nd in the MVP voting during the strike-shortened 1994 season.