Knorr, Matt Williams’ former bench coach, and two other assistants will return to the Nationals’ organization next season, but will have different roles.
Major League Baseball suspended infielder Chase Utley for the next two games of his team’s playoff series over a slide that broke a rival player’s leg — a suspension that the Dodgers players will appeal.
Manuel was a favorite of outfielder Jayson Werth when he managed the Phillies from 2005 through 2013, and his level of experience fits one of general manager’s chief qualities for the opening.
In addition to a new manager, the departure of several franchise stalwarts, including Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann, is likely, with a number of young players poised to fill in those roles.
No one in sports is presented to the public more than a manager, and Matt Williams, fired by the Nationals on Monday after two seasons, will need to be able to handle the pressure and criticism of his actions.
Williams never grew into the position that Rizzo gave him, and the Nationals’ next manager will need to learn from situations and adapt to his team in the ways Williams could not.
Williams was extremely well-respected as a coach when he was hired by the Nationals in October 2013, but the respect that he earned with the Diamondbacks did not follow him to Washington.
Williams guided the Nationals to the NL East title and a playoff appearance last year, earning NL Manager of the Year honors, but the team failed to live up to its lofty preseason aspirations.
The Nationals’ manager was often unwilling to deviate from his meticulously laid plans, which was among the reasons why the team failed to reach its potential and he was fired after just two seasons.
Four pitchers combined to take a no-hitter into the seventh inning one day after the Mets were no-hit by Max Scherzer, and the Nationals fell, 1-0, in their final game of the season on Sunday.
Rizzo said Sunday, before the Nationals’ finale against the Mets, that he is “not going to let people twist in the wind” with regards to their futures with the team and that preparations will immediately begin for 2016.
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to have two no-hitters in a season when he struck out 17 batters in the Nationals’ 2-0 victory over the Mets on Saturday.