Nats GM Mike Rizzo calls Joe Girardi a ‘con artist,’ actions were ’embarrassing’

Rizzo calls Girardi a ‘scam artist,’ actions were ’embarrassing’ initially appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Max Scherzer tossed 5 strong innings in the Nationals’ success over the Phillies on Tuesday, however the ace’s efficiency was specified by the 3 times umpires examined him for foreign compounds as part of Big league Baseball’s crackdown. Each time, absolutely nothing was discovered.

The 3rd time Scherzer was examined remained in the middle of the 4th inning, on behalf of a demand from Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi. That demand did not fly well with Nationals basic supervisor Mike Rizzo, who believes Girardi did it purposefully to attempt and toss Scherzer’s rhythm off.

“That was his goal. He’s a con artist. He’s been doing that for years on TV,” Rizzo stated on the Sports Junkies.

Rizzo wasn’t done ripping Girardi, either.

“What are we, idiots? Of course he was [playing games],” Rizzo continued. “It’s embarrassing for Girardi, it’s embarrassing for the Phillies, it’s embarrassing for baseball.”

Ahead of Tuesday night’s video game, Rizzo stated he was informed that supervisors are not enabled to ask umpires to inspect pitchers for foreign compound usage unless they have possible cause. An example of such would be if they saw pine tar on the baseball or a stain on a pitcher’s hat. 

Rizzo thinks Girardi did not have possible cause to inspect Scherzer which the Phillies’ supervisor’s just intent was to attempt and toss Scherzer off his rhythm.

“Gamesmanship has nothing to do with substances. He had no probable cause to ask for it. The umps shouldn’t have allowed it. But it happened and you have to deal with it. This is what we’re going to have to deal with,” Rizzo stated.

“If you think you’re going to intimidate a Max Scherzer and that type of thing, it’s just not going to happen. You’re just going to piss him off and concentrate that much harder. This was about breaking Max’s rhythm and frustrating him and that type of thing. It didn’t work.”

As Scherzer trotted off the mound following his 5th and last inning, he looked down Girardi, who would right away trot onto the field. Girardi was rapidly ejected.

After the video game, Girardi stated that he asked the umpires to inspect Scherzer after viewing the Nationals’ right-hander clean his head regularly than normal.

“I’ve seen Max a long time, since 2010 — obviously, he’s going to be a Hall of Famer — but I’ve never seen him wipe his head like he was doing tonight, ever,” Girardi stated. “It was suspicious for me. He did it about four or five times. It was suspicious. I didn’t mean to offend anyone. I just got to do what’s right for our club.”

While the several occurrences in between Girardi and Scherzer specified Tuesday’s video game, it was likewise the Nationals’ 8th win in their last 9 contests. Washington is the most popular group in the NL East today and simply 4 video games back of the Mets for top place in the department.

That’s all Rizzo wishes to concentrate on today and moving on.

“We’re about winning games. We’re still in the early part of the season,” Rizzo stated. “It’s still June, we’re still four games out of first place. We’re just trying to win each and every game. We’re here to beat the Phillies.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.