Entering what could be his final weekend as Nationals manager, Matt Williams was asked this morning about a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that he’ll be fired at the end of the season. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNMA.com, Williams said he hasn’t heard anything about his future.
“Nobody’s spoken to me about anything at this point,” Williams said prior to the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Citi Field. “And, frankly, it’s not a concern of mine right now. We’ve got a guy that’s a potential MVP on our team, and we’ve got three games to play. That’s what I’m concentrating on. That’s what I know right now. As of today, I’ve got a job to do — a couple of times — and we’ll go from there.
It’s not a big surprise, as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has said on multiple occasions that nothing will be decided until after the season. Still, all signs point to this being a lame duck weekend for Williams.
The Nationals cutting ties with Williams has felt inevitable since it was obvious they were missing out on the playoffs, but this has been an especially rough week for him. His decision-making after Jonathan Papelbon choked Bryce Harper was baffling and an excellent series of articles from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post has exposed the dysfunction with the team.
Here’s an important programming note: Anthony DiComo of MLB.com passes along word that longtime Mets fan Jerry Seinfeld will join Gary Cohen and his old buddy Keith Hernandez in the SNY broadcast booth for the fourth inning of tonight’s game against the Nationals.
Seinfeld has stopped by the SNY booth on a couple of occasions over the years and it’s always good fun. With the Mets gearing up for their first playoff appearance since 2006, it only makes sense that he does it again.
It’s safe to say Seinfeld could have some material on the recent dugout tussle between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper. It would be great to hear a “Cespedes for the Rest of Us” home run call for Yoenis Cespedes, but the Mets’ slugger probably won’t be in the lineup after playing in the first game of the doubleheader this afternoon.
As for how this was arranged, I imagine Hernandez asked Seinfeld if he had any plans for the weekend and it played out something like this:
JERRY (in his head): This weekend. WOW!
JERRY: Sure, that would be great.
JERRY (in his head): Damn, I was too overanxious, he must have noticed that.
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