Want a look into Matt Williams’ house in Arizona?
Interested in taking a peek at his closet, where he’s started to run out of room for all his shoes? Want to know how (or why) Matt and his wife Erika can call or text message their oven?
Sure you do.
Erika gave a tour of the Williams home, which took three years to build and design, to Channel 3 in Arizona, and if you care to know how the Nationals’ new manager lives when out in Paradise Valley, you’ll enjoy this video tour.
For what it’s worth, Williams and his wife apparently plan to keep the Arizona home and also secure one in the Washington area. Some Nats fans out there might have an exciting new neighbor in the coming months.
Williams’ new coaching staff with the Nats will include former Double-A manager Matt LeCroy as the Nats’ new bullpen coach. That leaves one managerial vacancy within the Nationals’ minor league system.
Nope, actually make that two.
Tony Beasley will not return to manage Triple-A Syracuse this season, instead opting to move to the role of minor league field coordinator. That position was left vacant when Bob Henley was promoted to become the Nats’ new third base coach.
Beasley managed Syracuse the last two seasons, posting a 136-152 record at the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate.
Previously a big league third base coach with both the Nats and Pirates, Beasley was passed over for the Nationals’ third base coaching job, and now the 46-year-old has opted to transition to a new role away from the dugout.
Beasley won’t be the only departure in Syracuse; pitching coach Greg Booker will not return to the organization and hitting coach Troy Gingrich, who has developed very good relationships with a number of current Nats players as well as those still working their way up the minor league ranks, will become the Nats’ new minor league hitting coordinator.
That leaves the Nats searching for a Double-A manager and Triple-A manager, as well as a Triple-A hitting coach and pitching coach.
Brian Daubach, who has served as high Single-A Potomac’s manager in 2013, is well-regarded and could be a candidate to move up to one of the higher affiliates. But he has just three years of experience managing in the minor leagues and might not be ready for the Triple-A job at this point.
The Post-Standard in Syracuse was first to report the coaching changes at the Nats’ Triple-A affiliate.