NEW YORK — The Nationals were clearly upset with first base umpire Phil Cuzzi’s out call on an infield grounder by Jayson Werth in the ninth inning Thursday afternoon and they made their feelings about the call known to the umpiring crew.
After the game’s final out, one batter later, several Nationals, including manager Jim Riggleman, poured over the dugout railing to continue letting the umpires know how they felt about the call.
Apparently those heated words did not end once the umpires and the team left the field. A baseball source has confirmed that MLB is looking into a report filed by the umpiring crew about a verbal altercation with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo. The New York Daily News was the first to report that the umpires had filed a formal complaint.
One of the most animated Nationals immediately after the game was catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who had been pulled for a pinch runner earlier in the game but was one of the first to hop the dugout railing. After the game, Rodriguez declined comment on the play, saying only: “No comment, next question.”
Later, Rodriguez, who was clearly steamed about the incident but had calmed after showering, relented: “I never like to talk about (the umpires). Everybody out there, we’re all humans and we all want to do a good job.”
It is unknown at this time what type of discipline MLB could pass down to Rizzo should they find him guilty of what the umpiring crew is accusing him of.