Nats Fire Farm Director
The Washington Nationals on Friday fired director of player development Bobby Williams, general manager Mike Rizzo said. The departure of Williams, completing his third year overseeing the organization's farm system, represents the first significant front office change under Rizzo, who was given full-time GM job on August 20.
Williams had a longstanding relationship with former general manager Jim Bowden, which led to his first job in pro baseball and, later, his first job with Washington. Williams had graduated from Rollins College, Bowden's alma mater, and later wrote application letters for jobs with every organization in baseball. He heard back from just one man, Bowden, who offered Williams a coaching job with Cincinnati's rookie-level affiliate, the Billings Mustangs.
Williams joined the Nationals in 2005, first managing Class A Vermont, then in 2006 managing Class A Savannah. He was placed in charge of the farm system in March 2007.
Under Williams' watch, Washington had several strong drafts, and its minor league system produced numerous pitching prospects -- but few promising position players.
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