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Seems odd to me that he wasn't given the chance to hire even one member of his coaching staff. Even has the other main candidate sitting on the bench with him now.
The problem with hiring a cheater is that we will never know what parts of his career were real and what parts came from a vial. You can look at his statistics and almost guess.
What a great example the hiring of Williams sets for the youngsters who will never be big enough or strong enough or fast enough without the assistance of performance-enhancing drugs. You may not make it into the Hall of Fame — yet — but you can still lead a baseball team. Hey, maybe when this experiment fails, the Nationals will replace General Manager Mike Rizzo with Alex Rodriguez.
I don't see how there's any possible way to have a sensible opinion until we actually see him manage for a season or so. He's a total blank slate.
What do people here, particularly Nats fans, think about this hire on the merits?
Yeah, but there are still ways to look at it: would you rather have a guy with more exp. or a guy from inside the org etc.
Does anybody have any clue whether any of that stuff matters?
A few years back the Orioles hired Lee Mazilli to manage the team after an impressive interview. He was given the entire coaching staff of the guy before him, including guys who wanted the job. I thought then it can't be easy to start with a new team when you have to ask the guys on your staff for information and you have no one that has your back and can go out to eat or drink with after a game from your past life.
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