As Matt Williams takes over as manager of the Washington Nationals, he knows he’s got a roster with talent top to bottom. They won 98 games just two seasons ago and you don’t have to follow them closely to know they have star players. Whether it’s Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman or Bryce Harper, the Nats are loaded with either current or former All-Stars.
Harper in particular will be an important guy for Williams to get to know, as the 21-year-old is in a key stage of his development. The next few years of his career could determine whether he becomes one of the game’s best players or just merely a big name.
Williams himself was a star as a player – though not to the extent of Harper – and he believes that experience will help him in doing his part to make sure Bryce reaches his potential.
“I’m here to help him,” Williams said. “I’m here to help him become the MVP and a Hall of Fame player. I want that for him. I want him to be that guy. I want him to be our leader. I want him to be the star that everybody wants him to be.”
Harper has been historically good for his age through two seasons. He’s already a two-time All-Star with two years under his belt of at least 20 home runs, an .800 OPS and 70 runs scored. But the potential remains for Harper to become one of the best players in baseball, and Williams will oversee his progress.