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Mike Rizzo wins Executive of the Year award, might be having the best five weeks ever

Mike Rizzo wins Executive of the Year award, might be having the best five weeks ever

Nationals' president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo was named Baseball America's Executive of the Year on Tuesday, an exceptional accomplishment. It was the 57-year-old's first time winning the award.

But compared to the past five weeks, this accomplishment seems to take a back seat.

Over the past month and some change, Rizzo's Nationals won the World Series, had a championship parade and visited the White House just days after. Following the World Series, Rizzo got married in Jamaica.

When he spoke with reporters prior to the unveiling of the Nationals' World Series documentary on Tuesday, he said: "I've been drunk for about a month."

But he's well-deserving of this award for his orchestration of the Nationals roster in 2019.

Rizzo made significant moves during the 2018 offseason that ultimately resulted in a World Series title. He let prized free agent Bryce Harper sign elsewhere, emphasizing starting pitching by handing starter Patrick Corbin a six-year, $140 million deal. Corbin played a significant role down the stretch as the Nats won their first title.

He also deserves credit for trading for reliever Daniel Hudson at the deadline, as the former Diamondbacks set-up man became Washington's de-facto closer and most important arm in the bullpen during the title run.

Since he took over as general manager in 2007, the Nationals have won 938 games with a .527 winning percentage. Since 2012, the first year the Nationals made the playoffs, only the Dodgers have a better regular-season record.

Personnel wise, Washington pushed all the right buttons in 2019, and this award recognized that.

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Phillies fans haven’t been allowed inside Citizens Bank Park to heckle opposing players this season, but they still found a way to draw the ire of New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

During Thursday night’s contest between the Phillies and Yankees, Boone pulled the umpires aside in between frames to complain about a group of fans outside the stadium blowing an airhorn during his team’s at-bats. The sound could be heard on the TV broadcast as Phillies starter Zach Eflin handled Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres in 1-2-3 fashion.

They’re apparently called the “Fandemic Crew” and have attending all Phillies home games to cheer them on. Word quickly reached the group that Boone wasn’t happy with their airhorn.

Considering the fans were outside the stadium, there really wasn’t much the umpires could do. It appears not even a pandemic is going to stop Phillies fans from making their presence known.

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MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

MLB announces schedule to make up Nationals-Marlins postponements

The Washington Nationals will make up their postponed three-game series with the Miami Marlins over multiple dates when the teams were previously scheduled to play.

Saturday, Aug. 22, the Nationals will be the home team in the first game of a doubleheader, then the road team in the second game. Doubleheaders now consist of two seven-inning games. That game will be a makeup for the July 31 game that was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Marlins organization which delayed a three-game series scheduled to be played in Miami on July 31-Aug. 2.

Friday, Sept. 18, in Miami will be another doubleheader. That accounts for the Aug. 1 postponement.

Sunday, Sept. 20 will be a final doubleheader to make up for the Aug. 2 postponement. It also means the Nationals will play five games in three days in Miami before the final week of the season begins.

The Nationals will play 12 games in 10 days to close the season.

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