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Rizzo chose scouting route when playing prospects dimmed

In the mid-1980s, Mike Rizzo had to learn to live with a hard realization: He wasn't going to be a major leaguer. A 28th-round pick of the California Angels in 1979 and a 22nd-rounder of the Angels in 1982, Rizzo played 171 minor league games over three seasons before turning to another line of work. Rizzo knew he didn't want to leave the game of

Rizzo's playing career was short, but sweet

When fans think of Mike Rizzo, images of pinstriped suits and a cell phone attached at the ear often come to mind. Yet before he became the Nationals general manager, Rizzo too had dreams of playing in the major leagues. In 1979, the California Angels selected Rizzo in the 28th round, though he never recorded any stats in the Angels' minor league system. Three years

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