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Rizzo to be named Nationals GM -- really!

Posted on: August 19, 2009 11:47 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2009 12:37 am
 
The Nationals are expected to name Mike Rizzo as general manager at a news conference Thursday.

Major league sources confirmed late Wednesday night that Rizzo, who has been the acting general manager since Jim Bowden was forced out of the job in spring training, has been given the full-time job. The decision comes as a surprise, because Diamondbacks executive Jerry DiPoto has told some friends that he expected to be offered the position -- and planned to accept it.

CBSSports.com reported earlier Wednesday that DiPoto was expected to get the job.

Rizzo, who joined the Nationals from Arizona is July 2006, has been widely praised in baseball for the way he has handled a difficult position. Most recently, Rizzo was the point man in the Nats' successful effort to sign top draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

Rizzo played in the minor leagues with the Angels, and he worked with the Red Sox, White Sox and Diamondbacks before coming to the Nationals.

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Rizzo to be named Nationals GM -- really!




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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:55 pm
 

Rizzo to be named Nationals GM -- really!

I think you're a little harsh on Mikey.  You may be right that the Strasburg signing was his litmus test, but let's give him some credit.  He got a very difficult job done (Strasburg / Boras) when Bowden couldn't with a less touted draftee and agent (Crowe / Hendricks).  Word is he got into a shouting match with Boras and didn't back down.  Plus, he pulled off the Nyjer Morgan trade and seems, generally, to be righting the ship that Bowden ran into the ground.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:46 pm
 

Rizzo to be named Nationals GM -- really!

Exactly right - he needs to man up about this.  If Dipoto actually had got the job, you know he would have taken credit for a scoop, and it definitely would still be on his archived columns list.


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