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Nationals GM rips 'embarrassing' Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi: 'He's a con artist'


Joe Girardi: Con Man?

Girardi, supervisor of the 34-36 Phillies, requested the umpires to examine Max Scherzer for a 3rd time throughout Philadelphia’s 3-2 loss on Tuesday, amidst MLB’s new sweeping guidelines barring pitchers from utilizing international substances to enhance grip.

The foundations are forcing umpires — and managers — into powerful conditions to examine on pitchers, however Nats GM Mike Rizzo is not shopping for Girardi’s clarification that he was involved starter Max Scherzer had one thing in his hair on Tuesday night time, resulting in the Girardi request.

On his weekly radio spot with D.C. station WJFK-FM, Rizzo did not maintain again on his disdain for Girardi for Tuesday night time’s scenario:

It is embarrassing for Girardi, it is embarrassing for the Phillies, it is embarrassing for baseball. Sure, he is enjoying video games. Hey, that is his proper. Gamesmanship. Had nothing to do with substances, had no possible trigger to ask for it. The umps should not have allowed it. However it occurred, and also you gotta take care of it. That is what we’re gonna need to take care of.

And also you assume you are gonna intimidate a Max Scherzer, and that kind of factor, and it is simply not gonna occur. You are simply gonna piss him off and make him focus that a lot tougher. This was about breaking Max’s rhythm and irritating him and sort of factor, and it did not work. Our bullpen pitched nice, we obtained some well timed hits and we beat the Phillies. …

That was his objective. He is a con artist. He obtained you (the present hosts) within the con. That is — that is simply the way in which it’s. He is been doing that for years on TV. 

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Rizzo would later say that he “loves” Girardi and has identified him a very long time, so possibly he is aware of him “too properly.”

Girardi obtained phrase of Rizzo’s inflammatory feedback and responded Wednesday afternoon:

“I haven’t got an issue with it,” Girardi stated. “Clearly, he will shield his membership. He is entitled to his personal opinion, however so am I. That is the underside line. That is America, proper?”

Girardi was ejected for popping out of the dugout and confronting some Nationals coaches who have been yelling throughout the diamond. Washington and Scherzer emerged the 3-2 victors within the NL East matchup.


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