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Rizzo blasts Hamels as 'fake tough'


Rizzo blasts Hamels as 'fake tough'

Usually when a pitcher hits a batter in Major League Baseball, he explains it as a pitch that got away. It is not often a professional hurler admits he hit a guy on purpose. Well, Cole Hamels may just be that old school, or whatever that makes him. If you ask Nats GM Mike Rizzo, it makes him anything but.First, here is what Hamels said to The Washington Post after the game on beaning 19-year-old Bryce Harper in the back with a fastball.I was trying to hit him, Hamels said. Im not going to deny it. Thats just you know what, its something that I grew up watching, thats what happened, so Im just trying to continue the old baseball.Hamels had no particular reason to hit Harper - the youngest player currently in the game - there was no specific event he seemed to be retaliating from. Harper even told Adam Kilgore of The Post he had no clue as to why he was hit.

Not having a clear reason for the act and going after one of his most prized assets was not something Rizzo took kindly too. This is what he told Kilgore about the sequence. The Post reporter caught up with him last night after the game, clearly still bothered by what had gone on.Players take care of themselves, Rizzo said. Ive never seen a more classless, gutless chicken bleep act in my 30 years in baseball.Cole Hamels says hes old school? Hes the polar opposite of old school. Hes fake tough. He thinks hes going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year rookie whos eight games into the big leagues? He doesnt know who hes dealing with.Rizzo goes on and uses the word chicken bleep several more times and says this goes beyond rivalry.For the rest of his comments read Kilgores take right here. It sounds like the Philadelphia-Washington has been taken up a notch. Keep in mind this was the first series between the two teams of the 2012 season.

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Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose

Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose

Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez and Matt Wieters aren't the only important guys within the Nationals organization becoming free agents in 2019.

President of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo is also becoming a free agent when his contract expires on October 31st.

In the final year of his five-year contract, the 57-year old is set to make $2.5 million.


Since joining the organization, Rizzo has turned the team into a legit World Series contender. They've won four division titles in the last six years under his guidance, but have been unable to get over the NL Division series hump. And even though that's a glaring red mark on his resume, Rizzo knows the success he's brought to the organization. 

When you look at what we accomplished,’’ Mike Rizzo said in a recent interview, “it’s really unsung and underappreciated. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished here. I like it here. I love the city. I love the team I put together. I like being a GM in the NL East. And I want to stay here. I just think I deserve to be treated like some of the best GMs in the game are, too.

Rizzo is talking about GM's like Cubs' Theo Epstein and Yankees' Brian Cashman, who've received big paydays over the last year.

I know we haven’t won the World Series, but I get tired of hearing how we can’t win the big one, or we can’t get out of the first round. We haven’t had that many chances.

Does Rizzo deserve an extension? The Sports Junkies think he does, but with GM's like the ones above cashing out, they can also see him wanting to test the open market.

"Why wouldn't they?", said Jason Bishop, noting his track record.

"There's a sense he wants to test the market," said Eric Bickel. That's the vibe I'm getting from him."

Rizzo is a weekly guest on the Junkies and has said that the organization will figure it out. However, the 2018 season may be the last time for a long time the Nats have a real shot at making a run before they lose some of their stars to other teams. If Rizzo does take that into consideration and decides to go elsewhere, the Junkies don't see him having any issues finding employment.

"If there was a time to roll, it would be after this season when you get your last run with this group," said Eric Bickel. And then If they don't pay you what you think you deserve, he'll be snatched up in 22 seconds."


If they do decide to sign him to an extension, will it be a long, drawn-out ordeal? The Junkies disagree on that one. 

"He is too valuable, Jason Bishop said. He's too valuable. You gotta ink him to a deal sometime during the season."

Luckily for D.C. sports fans, long, drawn-out extension talks aren't foreign to them.

To see their full discussion, click the media player above. 

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years


Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.