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D-backs' Williams to interview for manager job

D-backs' Williams to interview for manager job

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D-backs' Williams to interview for manager job
DENVER -- Matt Williams is set to meet with top Rockies officials on Monday at Coors Field, and the D-backs' third-base coach will be the last of the four finalists for the open managerial job to do so, according to a Major League source.

Williams is currently manager of the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League -- the team that has several Rockies prospects. Williams also managed Saturday in the AFL Rising Stars Game -- a contest that featured top prospects chosen by directors of scouting and player development from around the Majors.

Williams, who had a 17-year career as a standout third baseman in the Majors, was Arizona's first-base coach in 2010 and third-base coach the last two years.

The Rockies met for three hours apiece Friday with managerial candidates Walt Weiss and Jason Giambi at Coors Field. Tom Runnells was the first candidate to interview with the club, shortly after Jim Tracy resigned as manager on Oct. 7.

There is no timetable for announcing a manager.

Weiss is head baseball coach at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo., and worked in the front office for several seasons after a standout career as a shortstop.

Giambi has played for the Rockies as a first baseman and pinch-hitter since 2009, but he would retire to become manager. Runnells managed in the Rockies' system from 2001 through May 2009, when he was promoted to the Rockies' bench-coach job under Tracy.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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