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Nationals fire manager Matt Williams after only 2 seasons

WASHINGTON (AP) In describing what he will look for in a manager to replace Matt Williams, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo might have been pointing out exactly what he felt went wrong with the man he hired two years ago and fired Monday.

"Leadership qualities, knowledge of the game, X's and O's are all important. Communication in the clubhouse, communication within the coaching staff, is vital," Rizzo said during a telephone conference call. "Experience is always helpful. It always adds a layer of expertise to anybody's resume. We feel that where we're at in our timetable of winning a championship, we certainly would lean toward someone that has some type of managerial experience, especially at the major league level."

Williams, of course, did not, but he had a history with Rizzo. And while Williams was voted NL Manager of the Year for his rookie season in 2014, he is now out of a job because the Nationals failed to make the playoffs after entering the season with World Series aspirations.

AVG: B. Harper.330
HR: B. Harper42
RBI: B. Harper99
SB: M. Taylor16
W: M. Scherzer14
ERA: M. Scherzer2.79
Saves: D. Storen29
K: M. Scherzer276
NL East
X-NY Mets 9072.556-
Washington 8379.5127
Miami 7191.43819
Atlanta 6795.41423
Philadelphia 6399.38927
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .251 (18)
Runs: 703 (10)
Hits: 1363 (23)
Home Runs: 177 (9)
Stolen Bases: 57 (27)
OBP: .321 (14)
SLG: .403 (15)
Total Bases: 2185 (20)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.62 (7)
Runs Allowed: 635 (8)
Saves: 41 (18)
Strikeouts: 1342 (8)
OpBA: .250 (13)
OBP: .301 (6)
SLG: .384 (7)
Run Support: 4.41 (10)
Date Player Transactions
10/1 J. Papelbon Reinstated From League Suspension
10/1 J. Papelbon Suspended by Team (four games)
9/28 J. Papelbon Starting to Serve Suspension
9/26 R. Johnson Recalled From Minors Rehab Assignment
9/26 R. Johnson Removed From 60-Day DL (Strained left calf)
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Date Player Status
9/30 Y. Escobar Back (day-to-day)
9/24 D. Espinosa Torn right hamstring (day-to-day)
9/12 Y. Escobar Stomach illness (day-to-day)
9/12 D. Storen Broken right thumb (day-to-day)
8/27 D. Span Left hip inflammation (on 60-day DL)
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