Matt Williams on Bryce Harper in scuffle: 'I don’t know what he could have done differently'

null Baseball Few objected when the Nationals announced Monday that Jonathan Papelbon wouldn't pitch again this season in the wake of Sunday's dugout scuffle with Bryce Harper.But plenty of eyebrows were raised when manager Matt Williams said Harper wouldn't play in Monday's game against the Reds as punishment for his role in the incident, particularly since Harper told reporters after Sunday's game that he was scheduled to have Monday off anyway.  MORE: SN's wish list of craft brews for every team | Spector: Papelbon needs to goWilliams didn't do anything to help clear up the matter during a radio appearance Wednesday morning when he was asked what Harper could have done to avoid facing discipline — such as it was — from the team. “I don’t know. I don’t know what he could have done differently,” Williams told 106.7 FM (via the Washington Post). “The fact of the matter is, that’s an organizational decision. And I don’t know. There’s no good that comes out of any (situation) like that, right? So a skirmish is something we don’t want. That type of behavior from Pap is unacceptable. All of those things we talked about.“So what could he have done differently? Don’t know. But he was involved, and the organization decided to do that. So it’s over, it’s done, we have a season to finish, and Bryce will have a fantastic career. I think he’s on the verge of something very special here, and we want to honor that at this point, and say what a great season, and many many more seasons to come. So differently? I don’t know. But right now it’s done, and it’s in our past, and it will not define us, and Bryce will go on and have a fantastic career and lead this team for years to come.”As Williams implies by calling it an "organizational decision," the notion of sitting Harper on Monday likely was handed down from above, be it general manager Mike Rizzo or elsewhere. But Williams' answer to the query didn't do much to rebut the notion that he likely won't be the one writing Harper's name on the lineup card in Washington for those years to come.Asked about his job security in the same radio interview, Williams said he hasn't talked to anybody about it because he's focused on the remaining games in the Nationals' lost season. When pressed, he said only that if it was up to him, he would be back for 2016, the final year of his contract."Of course I do. I love doing what I do, I love being part of this organiza

tion,” Williams said. “They’re a fantastic organization, and everybody from the top down is supportive, in every way, of every body. It’s a good situation. It didn’t happen well for us this year. But you know what, who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t want to be back and take another run at it? I certainly do, and I know all of our coaches do.”


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