Top 5 Candidates to fill the vacant Phillies manager role

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Matt Klentak and Pete Mackanin of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Matt Klentak and Pete Mackanin of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 28: Manager Matt Williams
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 28: Manager Matt Williams /

NUMBER 5: MATT WILLIAMS

Matt Williams previously served as the manager with the Washington Nationals for two years and was let go following the 2015 season. He could be the next manager, but it’s a long shot.

Under Williams, the Nationals finished the 2014 season with a record of 96-66. They went onto the postseason but lost 3-1 in the National League Division Series.

He was brought back for his second season with the club in 2015. The Nationals finished in second place, failing to make the post season with a record of 83-79.

Williams’ career managerial record is 179-145.

After the 2015 season, he was fired as the Nationals manager and returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he served as their third base coach. He was later fired when their coaching staff was gutted and is currently on the market awaiting a phone call.

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