MILWAUKEE - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and catcher Ivan Rodriguez have been disciplined by Major League Baseball for their roles in a confrontation with umpires after the Nationals’ 1-0 loss to the Mets on Thursday.
Rodriguez was fined an undisclosed amount, and Rizzo was disciplined, though the league office would not provide specifics.
After first base umpire Phil Cuzzi called Jayson Werth out at first base in the ninth inning of the game, Werth and manager Jim Riggleman argued with Cuzzi, and Riggleman took his case to home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez. Replays showed Cuzzi missed the call, but Werth was called out on his would-be infield single, and the game ended an at-bat later.
Rodriguez continued to yell at umpires from the infield warning track as the game ended, and a Nationals source said on Sunday that Rizzo and Riggleman took up the catcher’s case near the umpire’s tunnel after the game, trying to argue on the Nationals’ behalf without Rodriguez getting suspended.
Rizzo would not offer specifics on what MLB’s investigation of the incident was about, other than to say it was not an investigation of him specifically.
“My job is to stick up for the whole organization,” Rizzo said on Friday. “I’ve always got the manager’s, the coaches’ and the players’ back, and whenever I need to put myself on the line to do so, that’s my job, so I’m going to do it.”