Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams (9) looks on during the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
(AZCENTRAL/WUSA9) -- Matt Williams and the Diamondbacks are not commenting on reports that he may be named the manager of the Washington Nationals. Williams is currently a third base coach for the Diamondbacks.
Our partners at KPNX/AZCENTRAL.COM report that Diamondbacks officials said Friday morning they had not been made aware of Williams' hiring.
"The official announcement from the Nationals might have to wait until after the World Series; Major League Baseball prefers teams do not make major announcements until then," reported KPNX.
"Williams spent the final six years of a 17-year playing career with the Diamondbacks and his likeness is a part of the team's in-game "Legends Race" at Chase Field. He has spent the past four years as a member of the Diamondbacks coaching staff.
Should he depart, it would give the Diamondbacks four openings on manager Kirk Gibson's staff, which is already without a hitting coach, pitching coach and first base coach.
And Gibson this week acknowledged the possibility that, if he got the job, Williams might want to take another coach with him to be a part of his staff in Washington. The most likely candidates would appear to be assistant hitting coach Turner Ward and bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock.
The Diamondbacks have asked both to return next season. Ward is a candidate to take over as the primary hitting coach. Sherlock has been with the Diamondbacks since 1996, two years before the club's inaugural season. "