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Washington Nationals hire former UNLV star Matt Williams as manager

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This photo taken in 2012 shows Matt Williams of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Williams is the new manager of the Washington Nationals. The Nationals will hold a news conference Friday to introduce Williams as the team’s fifth manager since it moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005. He replaces Davey Johnson, who is retiring.

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Runnin' Rebels infielder Matt Williams applies a tag to runner. Williams played third base in the major leagues for several years, and won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Launch slideshow »

WASHINGTON — Former major league third baseman Matt Williams is the new manager of the Washington Nationals.

Williams grew up in Carson City and was an All-American infielder at UNLV in the mid 1980s.

The Nationals will hold a news conference Friday to introduce Williams as the team's fifth manager since it moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005. He replaces Davey Johnson, who is retiring.

It is Williams' first job as a major league manager. He has only brief managerial experience at any level, having spent time in the Arizona Fall League and five weeks at Double-A in the minors.

He's been the Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach the past three seasons.

The 47-year-old Williams was a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove recipient during 17 years as a player for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks.

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