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NEW YORK (AP) - Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and catcher Ivan Rodriguez were penalized by Major League Baseball on Monday for verbally confronting umpires in a stadium tunnel after a disputed call last week.
In general, penalties for non-uniformed personnel involve fines.
“No comment on that,” Rodriguez said when asked about the fine.
Manager Jim Riggleman argued with Cuzzi and plate umpire Manny Gonzalez, then came back on the field with Rodriguez to holler at the umpires when they walked past the Nationals’ third-base dugout after the game. With crew chief Tom Hallion away for the series, Bill Miller served as the acting chief and Gonzalez was called up from Triple-A.
Moments later, Rizzo and Rodriguez got into a verbal altercation with the umpires as they headed to their locker room at Citi Field. Uncertain which Nationals executive had accosted them, the umpires asked for help _ a Mets security official went into the Nationals’ clubhouse and identified Rizzo by a head shot.
“I’ve always got the manager’s, the coaches’ and the players’ back,” he said. “Whenever I need to put myself on the line to do so, that’s my job, so I’m willing to do it.”
AP Sports Writer Colin Fly in Milwaukee contributed to this report.
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