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Mike Rizzo fined for his Cole Hamels tirade

May 8, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has been hit with a fine in an undisclosed amount for his comments about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels following L’Affaire Old School the other day.

If you don’t recall — and that would be understandable given how little attention we’ve devoted to this since Sunday — the comments included calling Hamels “classless,” “gutless,” “chickens**t” and “fake tough.”

I bet what really brought the fine, however, was the comment about how Hamels “doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”  Which could be construed as a threat. Well, that and the fact that I really don’t think baseball wants its top executives out there talking smack on general principles.

Rizzo has commented on the fine:

 “I think I’ve said probably enough about Cole Hamels. I’m going to stand by my statement and just move on.”

This ends the matter in official channels.  Whether it’s truly over as an on-the-field matter won’t be answered until May 21, when the Nationals come to Philadelphia. Which should be all kinds of fun.

  1. ckelly26 - May 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I do not understand Hamels motivation…and can’t justify it, but nobody points out that he hit Harper on his first at bat knowing he would have at least one plate appearance and when he did, he was promptly beaned…at that point both teams were warned and the game moved on. Hamels did not gripe about being hit. For Rizzo to call it completely gutless is an overstatement given the details.

  2. dawglb - May 16, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Riz, how is that Jayson Werth deal working out for you?

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