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Nationals’ Mike Rizzo says he’s not under investigation

May 20, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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Washington general manager Mike Rizzo denied reports that he’s under investigation by MLB for confronting umpires following Thursday’s game against the Mets.

The AP reports that Rizzo said he contacted Joe Torre, MLB’s vice president of operations, immediately after Thursday’s game in New York, but he wouldn’t provide details of the conversation.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, third-base coach Bo Porter and catcher Ivan Rodriguez all complained Thursday after first-base umpire Phil Cuzzi wrongly ruled Jayson Werth out on a game-ending play versus the Mets.  Reports said that Rizzo clashed with Cuzzi after the game, causing the umpiring crew to file a report with Torre.

Rizzo, though, told CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman that he did not confront the umpires about Cuzzi’s call

“What happened last night postgame had absolutely nothing to do with arguing, or anything to do with the play that happened at first base,” he said.

Rizzo also indicated that he didn’t expect to be fined.

“I trust Joe Torre explicitly,” Rizzo said. “I know he’ll do the right thing by it, and we’ll see the results.”

  1. natstowngreg - May 21, 2011 at 8:18 AM

    MASN played Rizzo’s comments during last night’s game, between Nats home runs. Sounded like a politician trying to explain his way out of an embarrassing situation. Except for the part about respecting Torre. A politician would be looking for ways to rip Torre, if he thought doing so would make him look better.

    There now seems to be much doubt as to what really happened. If Rizzo confronted Cuzzi and Joe Torre decides a small fine is in order, Rizzo needs to express further respect from Torre and move on.

    If it turns out that Cuzzi was the one being confrontational, then he should be disciplined. If that does happen, MLB won’t publicize it.

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