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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo “disciplined” after incident with umpire

May 24, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Last week umpire Phil Cuzzi incorrectly called out Jayson Werth on a play at first base in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Mets, at which point Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo allegedly sought out the crew as they were leaving the field and had a verbal altercation.

Cuzzi filed a complaint against Rizzo and several Nationals players, and yesterday MLB handed down some punishments. Details are sparse, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Rizzo was “disciplined” and Ivan Rodriguez was fined “an undisclosed amount.”

Rizzo has yet to comment on the undisclosed discipline, but said previously that the incident with umpires was not a result of the blown call on Werth. If true that almost makes the whole thing sound worse, as it means he was seeking out umpires to scream at about something else.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - May 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    And of course, we will hear zero about any type of discipline for Phil Cuzzi, who, as usual, skates away with no punishment for his truly horrible umpiring.

  2. largebill - May 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Chris hit on point I was going to make asking when we will see discipline for Joe West and friends.

    • Utley's Hair - May 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      The second Thursday of the week after next.

      • hep3 - May 24, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        I thought they always disciplined MLB Umpires on the 12th of Never.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Scuzzi is one of the worst umpires in Baseball. I do not understand why he still has a job.

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