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Mike Rizzo fined for his Cole Hamels tirade

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FILE - In this July 9, 2010, file photo, Washington Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo is shown before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, in Washington. The Nationals have signed Rizzo to a five-year contract extension and promoted him to executive vice president of baseball operations. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)


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.