GM Rizzo reportedly involved in incident with umpiring crew

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NEW YORK — A baseball source has confirmed that MLB is looking into a report filed by the umpiring crew regarding a verbal altercation with Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo after Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the New York Mets. The New York Daily News was the first to report about the complaint.

The Nationals were upset with first base umpire Phil Cuzzi’s out call on an infield grounder by Jayson Werth in the ninth inning, and they made their feelings known.

After the game’s final out, one batter later, several Nationals, including manager Jim Riggleman, poured over the dugout railing to continue the discussion.

Apparently the heated words didn’t end once the umpires and the team left the field.

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.

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