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More on the GM Situation

The euphoria over the Nationals' signing of Stephen Strasburg hadn't really died down when speculation shifted squarely to the team's general manager search. On Tuesday night, a Yahoo! report indicated that the Nationals would soon announce Arizona Diamondbacks vice president Jerry DiPoto as general manager, a story that cbssportsline seemed to affirm. Later, an ESPN insider report seemed to rebut the idea.

What does it all mean? Until we hear officially from the Nationals organization, it's hard to say. And until we do, the speculation will continue. And in all likelihood, we won't hear anything while the public relations benefit of the Strasburg signing continues, which it will through Friday's introductory news conference.

What we know: DiPoto is considered one of three finalists for the job, along with interim GM Mike Rizzo and Boston assistant general manager Jed Hoyer. That remains the case until we officially hear otherwise.

What we also know: Rizzo has done little to hurt his chances of getting the job permanently and appears to have greatly enhanced his status during the Strasburg negotiations.

Those at Nationals Park believe the DiPoto report to be untrue. According to one industry source, neither DiPoto nor Hoyer -- both candidates for the full-time job -- have been informed about Washington's decision. A Nationals source with knowledge of the general manager search went so far as to call the Dipoto report patently false, and even hinted that Rizzo would soon get the job.

"The decision has already been made," the source said, "and the best I can tell you -- what's been written is 100-percent wrong."

An additional source familiar with the Washington front office said that the vibe around the organization had shifted, drastically, since the Strasburg signing -- with all signs pointing to Rizzo getting the permanent job.

In the final minutes before the Monday midnight deadline to negotiate with and sign Strasburg, Rizzo was alone in his office, door closed, speaking with Scott Boras. President Stan Kasten and the members of the Lerner family, which owns the Washington Nationals, waited in a nearby conference room.

When Rizzo hung up the phone with Boras, he had negotiated a landmark contract, landing the highest-paid No. 1 pick and passing a significant test -- one that several sources now believe will lead to his appointment as Washington's permanent general manager.

And when Rizzo and Kasten emerged just after midnight Tuesday morning to speak with the media about the Strasburg signing, Kasten purposefully took a back seat in the conference room, giving Rizzo the spotlight. The team paraded Rizzo through a series of television and radio interviews.

Kasten, speaking on the LaVar and Dukes radio show on Tuesday afternoon, called the Strasburg deal a "credibility builder with our fans" and added that "the lion's share of this work goes to Mike Rizzo."

An announcement about Washington's permanent general manager might not come for several days. Members of the Lerner family were headed on Wednesday to a funeral in Connecticut. Friday, the team intends to introduce Stephen Strasburg at an afternoon press conference.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 19, 2009; 2:21 PM ET
 
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Comments

All I know is that if this report is false then there needs to be some serious reprucussions for false reporting.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Well, there it is" ... as the King said in Amadeus?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Now see... this makes so much more sense to me. Problem is when you start applying logic to an illogical situation you usually end up being dead wrong. I hope these sources prove more reliable.

If this ends up being correct how bad does YahooSports end up looking? No wonder Stan&Co have such a venomous relationship with the media.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 19, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope Rizzo will get the job. IMO he has more than earned it. I can understand why some sources might air a rumor--which the writer might genuinely believe to be true--but why in the world wd Ladson do so on the Nats' own site? I always assumed that Ladson wrote independently but wouldn't get too far out, and that someone would keep wacky and/or incendiary stuff off the site (unless it comes from fans like us, anyway). One benefit to Rizzo from this--all he has to do is look at the NJ to see how highly most fans think of him.

Posted by: Section109 | August 19, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to know who Yahoo!'s source(s) is/are.

The more I think about it, the more I get the feeling that Rizzo is da man.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 19, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

> If this ends up being correct how bad does YahooSports end up looking?

How good can any organization EVER look that has "Yahoo" in its name and yet still expects to be taken seriously?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo sources: sour grapes?

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the "internets", where every vague, partially overheard, misunderstood, unverified, etc. rumor becomes absolute fact...until someone with real knowledge says: "Uh, no."

There are no editors. There are no proofreaders. There are no fact checkers. It's the internet.

Posted by: Catcher50 | August 19, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

BTW,

There is a first basman who was worst when it came to injury problems than Nick Johnson: Dmitri Young. That guy has more problems and they are associated with his lifestyle and eating habits and they aren't going away. At least Nick broke bones.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Always be suspicious of any news story that cites "unnamed sources," or "sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because..." Whether it's on the sports page or the national news page.

ESPECIALLY if it's on the national news page.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 19, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

periculum: At least Nick broke bones.
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And remember just a month or so ago, when Nick smacked a foul ball off his shin and within minutes it swelled up the size of a softball under his stocking? There were those here who said he was going to be on the DL for a couple of months.

He was back on the field the next day.

Posted by: gilbertbp | August 19, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Like the shifting storm clouds at last night's game, this report keeps bright the ray of sunshine from Strasburg Week. If competence like Rizzo has demonstrated isn't rewarded by the organization, how can we as fans be expected to be trusting or patient as the team attempts to leave the crawl stage? Leonsis blew up the Caps and told us every step of the way what he was doing and why. He eventually earned the trust and affection of the entire town, including those who were initially skeptical of his prospects for success.

The Nats FO has chosen the silent approach. Fine. But as a consequence, they haven't built up any good will among the fans. No knock on DiPito, but Rizzo has demonstrated his bona fides for the Nats GM job. Time to make it official.

Posted by: McKinley2 | August 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the team is in a difficult position if in fact they were ready to name DiPoto as the new GM.

Their timing--if true--will blow up much of the goodwill earned by the Strasburg signing.

I wonder if things behind the scenes at Nationals' Park is similar to what's happening in the White House, where both groups (may) have been stunned by the common folk's recation to their decisions.

If I were the Nationals, I wouldn't be holding a town hall meetings anytime soon.

Posted by: rushfari | August 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo appears in, the Yahoo et al thing appears false.

Horrible reporting, but repurcussions? Like what?

The Post was in on the horrible reporting for an hour or so.

I'm sure Denunzio (the Twitter guy, also referrred to as Innovations Editor at some point in the last year or so) is a nice guy, blah blah, teaches sportswriting, blah blah, but under his byline as online Sports Editor, about 11 PM last night posted this NJ headline (AND STORY):

Report: DiPoto to Be Named Nats GM
August 19, 2009 Nationals Journal
washingtonpost.com Sports Editor| August 18, 2009; about 11:00 PM ET (my guess on the time)

Chico quickly changed the NJ headline to;

Report: DiPoto Could Be Named Nats GM
August 19, 2009 Nationals Journal
By Chico Harlan | August 19, 2009; 12:01 AM ET

The other headline (and Denunzio story that supported the headline) disappeared into the nether world of the Net at 404, where it remains, now unfindable.

The question is: Was it fair to Rizzo to hang the 'to be named' out there, even if only for an hour? Repurcussions? Maybe the former Innovationbs Editor's light won't shine so brightly in the future at WaPo? Details matter. HORRIBLE HEADLINE AND STORY posted in reaction to Yahoo story, even if WaPo quashed Denunzio's effort rather quickly.

Chico came in quickly and saved the day at midnight. BTW, is Tracey Ham and Eggs on a much-deserved sabbatical/vacation?

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All I know is that if this report is false then there needs to be some serious reprucussions for false reporting.

Posted by: GoNatsTerps | August 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If I were the Nationals, I wouldn't be holding a town hall meetings anytime soon.

Posted by: rushfari | August 19, 2009 2:54 PM
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LOL rushfari. But in fairness, we don't know whom to blame for leaks and rumors, if that's what they are.

Posted by: Section109 | August 19, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chico, nice authoritative voice, my friend.

You've got all these stories coming from this way and that around the country, plus a bunch of blog chatter, so you go out and get some answers yourself.

And even though you don't have a real *concrete* answer, you do have enough information to draw some conclusions that you're not afraid to voice.

Sigh, they grow up so fast.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 19, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

> If I were the Nationals, I wouldn't be holding a town hall meetings anytime soon.

Oops. They're having one Friday. And the $1 tickets for it are apparently already sold out.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

> BTW, is Tracey Ham and Eggs on a much-deserved sabbatical/vacation?

No. She's now covering the Redskins. Or is that considered a sabbatical/vacation?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"'Well, there it is' ... as the King said in Amadeus?"

Emperor. Josef II, to be precise.

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

My b'day coincides with one of the great days in baseball history Oct.3rd,1951,Bobby Thomson's three run homer. THERE'S A LONG DRIVE IT MAY BE! "THE GIANT'S WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! That is why and will always be why i am a baseball fan.

Posted by: dargregmag | August 19, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

What has become of Shairon Martis? With all the comings and goings back and forth from the farms, why has he not been included or even mentioned? After all, I think he is the Nats' No. 2 winner this year.

Posted by: johnknapp2 | August 19, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"In the final minutes before the Monday midnight deadline to negotiate with and sign Strasburg, Rizzo was alone in his office, door closed, speaking with Scott Boras. President Stan Kasten and the members of the Lerner family, which owns the Washington Nationals, waited in a nearby conference room."

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This, plus Boswell's description of Rizzo's shouting match with Boras seriously puts a knot in my stomach and gets my heart rate soaring on Rizzo's behalf.

Just holding up under that kind of pressure without throwing up or passing out is enough for him to get the job, let alone any *results* he got.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 19, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that Ladson edits his own stuff (as a writer, I always need fresh eyes for proofing/editing, him not so much). His explanation of the SS deal includes financial 'Insentives.' The NJ report 'DiPoto to be Named' incensed me and was incentivized, incentivory, uh

INSENSITIVE!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

My source, your source, we all have sources. The Lerners and Kasten need to make a decision.

The mental approach I've been taking recently with anything that comes out of Nats Park (whether it be signing Strasburg, inking GM, or future FA acquisitions) is "show me." Until then, I don't want to hear the talk from them or the media. If you want to get serious, do it through actions, not talk. If the Lerners are still on the fence about Rizzo after all these months, someone help them, because their laboring/suffering over decisions clearly is not healthy. Similarly, my debating about their decisions isn't either. So show me when you're going to get serious. Until then, I don't want to hear about it.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 19, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Rizzo wears Nats jammies?

JiM for GM!!!

Posted by: NatsNut | August 19, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo deserves the shot. He inherited the Bowden mess and has done a great job in stabilizing the club. What part of the Strasburg negotiations was him or Kasten or the Lerners we probably will never know. I know nothing about DiPoto, but I like where the Nats are today. Give it to Rizzo.

Posted by: shemtof | August 19, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

P.S. In theory, the "show me" stance was to help ease the pain if Strasburg was not signed.

Posted by: dclifer97 | August 19, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

P.S. In theory, the "show me" stance was to help ease the pain if Strasburg was not signed.

Posted by: dclifer97

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heh, heh. did it work? or were you refreshing every 10 seconds like the rest of us? =)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 19, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Shairon Martis, at AAA Syracuse, (3-2) 5.29 ERA, 49.1 IP in 9 starts (5.45 per start), 29 ER, 7 HR, 11 BB, 27 K, 1.561 WHIP

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=martis001sha

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I choose the ostrich approach. I stayed completely off the internet all day Monday finally hitting the NJ at 12:20AM Tuesday morning just seconds after Chico's "Done Deal" post. The clock ticked past midnight and I said to myself "done or not, either way it's over". SO glad I waited the extra 20 minutes for Entourage to finish before checking though. Now this garbage with Yahoo's reports has had me bothered all day.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 19, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Rizzo seems to thrive under pressure.

Remember the frantic trip to Smiley country to dismantle, then re-organize, then fly back in about three days?

Championship stuff.

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's a little more Shairon:

http://syracuse.chiefs.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=P&sid=t552&t=p_pbp&pid=463017

Looks like 4 of his last ten games have been quality starts (never mind the 9 starts B-R showed....)

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Note to WaPo and NJ: WORDS CAN, AND DO, BREAK BONES.

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periculum: At least Nick broke bones.
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Posted by: gilbertbp | August 19, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

'Leonsis blew up the Caps and told us every step of the way what he was doing and why. He eventually earned the trust and affection of the entire town, including those who were initially skeptical of his prospects for success.'

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Yea, when they started winning. He was the village idiot until then. I went to the last game Hanlon coached along with 12,000 of my closest friends. There weren't beating down the doors until the spring when they were serious contenders. The WaPo (could it have been Boswell?) thought Leonsis 'owed' the town a competitive team.

Sounds familiar doesn't it? At least up to the point where they started winning.

Posted by: Section314 | August 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"SO glad I waited the extra 20 minutes for Entourage... "

How many times do you see that grouping of words without a negative modifier or sarcastic intent?

I played Tiger Woods PGA 10 Wii, but Strasburg totally blew my performance on Hazeltine.

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"How many times do you see that grouping of words without a negative modifier or sarcastic intent?"

Not a fan I take it :) I considered burning the last two hours playing NCAA Football 10 but like you said... I have stats performance standards to maintain and I needed something I didn't have to concentrate on.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 19, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

After hearing Kasten himself on the radio pregame yesterday, I feel certain Rizzo will be the guy and soon. He had glowing praise for him and said the decision would be made soon.

Forget Yahoo, Rizzo's in.

Posted by: sec307 | August 19, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"...but Strasburg totally blew my performance on Hazeltine."

Perhaps Tiger was worried about Strasburg on Sunday?

Posted by: RicketyCricket | August 19, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Post of the Day candidate right here, folks.

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How good can any organization EVER look that has "Yahoo" in its name and yet still expects to be taken seriously?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 2:39 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

It just means the Yahoo guy will lose a lot of credibility and his "rumors" won't be accepted or propagated in the future.

Chris Needham: NBC


Thanks for nothing, Rizzo.

Apparently signing the biggest prospect in years to a deal that's below what anyone really though possible isn't enough. The Nationals are about to dump the interim tag from GM Mike Rizzo -- but they're also going to take those initials away, too. The team is on the verge of hiring Jerry Dipoto as their GM, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Dipoto is currently the Arizona Diamondbacks director of player personnel, which somewhat ironically, was Mike Rizzo's old job. Most people, though, remember Dipoto as a major league reliever before retiring with a neck problem after the 2000 season.

Dippy (who went to Virginia Commonwealth) joined the Red Sox as a scout before moving on to Colorado and then to Arizona, where he rapidly climbed the ladder. He's highly regarded and always shows up in articles on future GMs. He's clearly qualified.

But why dump Rizzo? Didn't he turn the team around and isn't he responsible for getting Strasburg done on time and on budget?

All valid points, but Rizzo seems to be benefiting a bit from a halo effect with his time here. Because he's not Bowden, it's easy to single him out as being a good GM.

So it's especially important to isolate the actual things he's done from the emotions involved with the former failed GM.

He remade the bullpen, but some of the arms he brought in initially failed.

He's badmouthed his players. That plays well with the fans, but ripping Stephen Shell's aura or staying that he was "tired of watching" Danny Cabrera pitch (even if it's exactly what we were all thinking) isn't really professional.

Rizzo deserves credit for the Nyjer Morgan trade, but he's also benefiting greatly from the hottest hot streak of Morgan's career (all the while over-blowing the trade's importance and driving the phrase 'hockey mentality' to the ground.)

Rizzo shouldn't simply be handed the job because he's not Bowden and because Strasburg was signed. Rizzo should get the job because, after an exhaustive search, the Nationals have found that he's the best man for the job.

And if the Yahoo! Sports report is correct, the team apparently came to the opposite conclusion.

Posted by: periculum | August 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"How good can any organization EVER look that has "Yahoo" in its name and yet still expects to be taken seriously?"

It's not only that, it's worse. The name is Yahoo! with a banger.

Posted by: Section506 | August 19, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

rushfari, they do have a fan Q&A session scheduled for Friday, however. hehe.

NatsNut, yeah, our little Chico is growing up... Seriously, Chico, nice work. Gives me hope for the future of journalism in the Internet age.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Dang, the eclipse beat me to it on the town hall meeting.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"In the final minutes before the Monday midnight deadline to negotiate with and sign Strasburg, Rizzo was alone in his office, door closed, speaking with Scott Boras. President Stan Kasten and the members of the Lerner family, which owns the Washington Nationals, waited in a nearby conference room."

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This, plus Boswell's description of Rizzo's shouting match with Boras seriously puts a knot in my stomach and gets my heart rate soaring on Rizzo's behalf.

Just holding up under that kind of pressure without throwing up or passing out is enough for him to get the job, let alone any *results* he got.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 19, 2009 3:08 PM
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I'll repeat: it's just business. The first side to scream loses. Only bullies try to intimidate, and bullies are always scared.

Screaming is Sonny Corleone. Look where that got him. Keeping your cool is Michael. When Patrick Ewing got $35 MM from the Knicks, or when Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise each got their deals in the late 80s from Paramount, there was no screaming.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 19, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Hope that you get to attend a game on your b'day, dargregmag, seeing as how our guys will be in Atlanta then. I love going to games on my b'day, but don't always get to because it's in early October like yours.

Oh gosh, another POD candidate. I really should read through all of them before commenting:

I'm sure that Ladson edits his own stuff (as a writer, I always need fresh eyes for proofing/editing, him not so much). His explanation of the SS deal includes financial 'Insentives.' The NJ report 'DiPoto to be Named' incensed me and was incentivized, incentivory, uh

INSENSITIVE!

Posted by: nova_g_man | August 19, 2009 3:09 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

periculum quoted needham's article in full. read through that and tell me how obvious it is that he's basing his article on unsubstantiated, anonymous sources.

makes me wonder if he isn't letting a dislike for rizzo shine through.

Posted by: sec231 | August 19, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

How good can any organization EVER look that has "Yahoo" in its name and yet still expects to be taken seriously?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | August 19, 2009 2:39 PM
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Because they have a market cap of $20 billion, silly name and all (that's five times WaPos, BTW)?

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 19, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Good news: there's a new post.

Bad news: it seems to consist of the wisdom* of Bud Selig.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | August 19, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Chico - Great work these past few weeks. Thank you for the coverage.

Lerner Family - Reward good job performance. HIRE RIZZO!

Posted by: terrapin31590us | August 19, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

And the Diamondbacks have done so well the past 3-4 years with DiPoto on board in the front office :-)

As I remember it Rizzo was in the Arizona organization as well and was at least in part responsible for drafting the players that now populate one of the better farm systems in the NL.

Seems as if DiPoto merely climbed on the back of previous success at the minor league level.

But he hasn't produced anything big at the major league level yet.

If we are talking about two candidates that look promising and MAY be successful long-term, why not stay with the one who already knows the roster and the organization and can make quicker, better informed decisions in the offseason.

Posted by: leopard09 | August 19, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I think Rizzo makes for a fine GM, hes made some very good moves this year, and done the best that he possibly could with the absolute crap the bowden left behind...and he just successfully negotiated one of the more impossible contract negations that one can negotiate....

I mean he got stuff for NicK Johnson and Biemel- when it seemed that the door had closed on getting something for those players.

And Nyjer Morgan has just been ridiculous while AJ burnett has been like our most solid bull pen pitcher.....

He did all this while working under a pretty damn miserable ownership group....

Posted by: Cartaldo | August 19, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

oh ya and in case you havent noticed, the other first round pick this year - Drew Storen- has just been dominate in the Minors...

Posted by: Cartaldo | August 19, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

by:Cartaldo

"while AJ burnett has been like our most solid bull pen pitcher....."

Except AJ Burnett pitches for the Yankees and Sean Burnett pitches for the Nats after being traded from PIttsburgh with Nyger Morgan. Come on, dude! Pay attention.

Posted by: jmurray019 | August 19, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dammmmmmm, wouldn't that be something, you FIRE Ratzo Rizzo........and then he gets named the MLB GM of the Year for fleecing the Pirates out of Morgan..and the SS signing.....

Such would be another NOTS keytone move.....

Posted by: unc1dmo | August 19, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine they would've let him lead the negotiations if he weren't at least the front-runner for the job. Seems like an awfully big risk for a guy you're planning to replace soon afterward.

Posted by: RIP-21 | August 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

by:Cartaldo

"while AJ burnett has been like our most solid bull pen pitcher....."

Except AJ Burnett pitches for the Yankees and Sean Burnett pitches for the Nats after being traded from PIttsburgh with Nyger Morgan. Come on, dude! Pay attention.

Posted by: jmurray019 | August 19, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse


typo error you know what i ment...i pay attention, i mix up the first names from time to time. give me a mulligan...i swear i knew it was sean burnett..please dont judge me.

Posted by: Cartaldo | August 19, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

As for Rizzo keeping his job, I say he has done more than enough since March to stay on board and have the interim tag removed. After Kasten's comments about how proud he was after hearing Rizzo get into a yelling match with Boras and all, this annoucement sounds awful strange, even for the Nats.

Why have Rizzo run point on the most important personel decision in the franchises brief history, only to fire him after he nailed the negotiations, signed the guy they HAD to sign no matter what and stood up to and worked out a deal with the most difficult agent in all of sports to deal with?

If its true and they let Rizzo go, they truly are a joke of a franchise.

Posted by: jmurray019 | August 19, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@Cartaldo... no worries. Just yanking your chain. I believe you. Although, AJ Burnett would be nice to have, wouldn't he?

Posted by: jmurray019 | August 19, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

No DiPoto! No DiPoto!

DiPoto is a DeSoto! DiPoto is a DeSoto!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | August 19, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope that all the good work and good will laid down for this organization by Mr. Rizzo is not for naught. I just find it hard to believe the Lerners would be so stupid as to let him exit. Everything he has done since the resignation (sic) of Mr. Jim (Jethro) Bowdeeeeen has done nothing but bring respectability to what once was a laughing stock. Don't blow it now, please.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

No one except Rizzo should be a serious candidate for the GM job at this point.

Naming DiPoto or someone else at this stage of the game will make this organization a laughingstock. All this week's goodwill among the fanbase erased instantly.

Posted by: laugh33 | August 19, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Even if the rumor is true it's not like the Nats didn't give Rizzo a MAJOR opportunity. On the surface, he took advantage of it and so was considered for the job. If he didn't get it, surely other teams will focus on him .. another good, young, sharp prospective GM. So .. does anyone really lose here.

As for skills .. hey, I could help Pittsburg give away all of its good players for a song as well as lob $15M across the table to a college student. Where do I sign up?

Posted by: tslats | August 19, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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