Nationals

Rizzo says outrage for swinging on 3-0 is 'silly'

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While Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. faced backlash from a few of their peers following their violations of baseball's unwritten rules, the response has been overwhelmingly in their favor. 

Players, media and fans have been roasting those with outdated views on how the game should be played and their efforts to muzzle two of the game's brightest young stars, including Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.

"They're silly," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. "You can't swing 3-0? Stop. Unless you're going to tell me that you're going to stop scoring, we're going to try and keep scoring because how many times do you have a seven, eight, ten-run lead early in games and [the opponent] starts chipping away?

"All of a sudden it's 10-6 and you went from a very comfortable game to having to get your A-bullpen up because you stopped scoring and didn't want to embarrass anyone," he said. "I say respect the other team, but when you have the bases loaded -- and you walk two guys -- you get to 3-0 to a hot hitter and you expect him with a seven-run lead to not try his hardest to hit, that's silly in my book."

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Rizzo also went on to defend Soto for his dust-up with Braves reliever Will Smith, so if you're a proponent for making baseball less fun because of you're own messed up sense of reality, there are those like Rizzo ready to shut all that down. 

 

In the end, Ian Gibaut, who threw at Manny Machado after Tatis Jr. hit a grand slam on a 3-0 pitch, was suspended three games and manager Chris Woodward also received a one-game suspension for his pitcher's actions. 

So it appears that there's a greater consequence in enforcing baseball's unwritten rules rather than just playing the game. Huh.

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