The Washington Nationals today named Phil Rizzo Senior Advisor to the General Manager. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
A scout for well over 40 years, Phil Rizzo joins his ninth franchise--the Nationals--and his son for the second time. Mike and Phil worked together for seven seasons (1999-2005) with Arizona, where Phil was a Diamondbacks Special Assignment Scout.
While with the Diamondbacks, Phil made the first call and filed the first report on University of Kentucky righthander Brandon Webb, who has since won the 2006 Cy Young Award and represented Arizona in three All-Star Games.
In May of 2008, Phil was one of eight scouts to comprise the inaugural class of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. Phil is credited with signing, among others, right-handed pitcher Bob Wickman, left-handed pitcher Bob Kipper, catcher Mike Matheny infielder Dick Schofield and infielder Mark Loretta.