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Rizzo hires his pops

Mike Rizzo's newest senior adviser is someone who has been advising him longer than anyone else on the planet.

Late Thursday afternoon, the Nationals announced the hiring of Phil Rizzo -- Mike's dad, and a Hall of Fame scout in his own right -- as a senior advisor to the GM.

The elder Rizzo has more than 40 years of scouting experience and was one of eight scouts in the inaugural class inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 2008. In this memorable piece from spring training, Chico Harlan wrote about Phil Rizzo's influence on his son.

The Rizzos worked together one other time, spending seven seasons together (1999-2005) in the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization.

The hiring is the 18th this winter for the Nationals' baseball-operations office, including part-time scouts.

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2009; 5:01 PM ET
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OK, enough with the FO hires - Let's get after some MLB players for 2010. When Rizzo & Co. come back from Indianapolis, then they can go back to filling out the MiLB MGR/Coaching slots & getting contracts signed.

Posted by: BinM | December 3, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Great could you turn your attention to the MLB roster and get some work done there?

Cut the dead weight....Saul, Estrada and several others need to be removed and sign some Pitches....NOT O Perez, Livo or the other regular set of March Trash please.

Posted by: JayBeee | December 3, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

If only more sons paid their fathers for the good advice ....

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 3, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, I just think this is kind of cool. I'm feeling good about the front office, but yes...I'd like to hear some things about the 40-man roster in the coming weeks.

Posted by: tgerbracht | December 3, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

With the reported injury to Saltamacchia, TEX may push to re-sign Rodriguez as a tendered FA. I'd still be happy with the Nationals giving up a 2nd-round sandwich pick for either Rodriguez or Barajas (both Type-B FA's) on a 1-yr plus incentives / option for 2011 deal, if possible.

At the middle infield mix, unless the Nationals are really locked on to moving Guzman to 2B, sign O.Hudson & leave Guzman at SS. If Guzman is really projected to be the 2010 2B, either sign Everett, or trade for a defensive-minded SS; Send Desmond back to SYR for further seasoning / re-positioning (if he continues to hit, he could become a poor-man's Robin Yount in CF).

Try to trade for a #1SP, even if it costs the team Willingham or Marrero & a couple of young pitchers.

Posted by: BinM | December 3, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Teams do not lose a draft pick for signing a Type B free agent, BinM. The team that lost the free agent gets a sandwich pick as you suggest, but it doesn't come from the signing team. The pick is just created and inserted between rounds.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | December 3, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

By the way, why is it appropriate for Rizzo to be hiring his father? Bowden got flak just for hiring his friends from Cincy.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | December 3, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Get over yourself, CoverageisLacking. By your logic Cal Ripken Sr could never have managed or coached his sons Cal Jr and Billy, Ken Griffey Sr and Jr could never have played on the same team, Bob Boone could not have worked in the organization his son Aaron was playing in, and on and on and on. Baseball is nothing if not a family business.

Posted by: nunof1 | December 3, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse


your front office looks a heckuva lot better than your team. how about getting around to some roster refurbishing of the on-field product?

Posted by: surly_w | December 3, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Seriously don't hassle the Dad. (and don't justify hassling Rizzo by saying you used to hassle Bowden). Fight the dragons, not the windmills.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 3, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Alright already with the front office hires.

Get OUT there. FAs are getting snatched up, left and right.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

ABM: wrong. Your comparisons are completely off-point.

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | December 3, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I love the move. Why wouldn't you want to hire a hall of fame scout with more than 40 years of experience and one that you can trust implicitly to offer an honest opinion and not be a yes man or worry about him having his own agenda of moving his career forward? No brainer.

Relax on the FAs boys and girls. They're not missing out on anyone right now. Most signings won't happen until Jan, especially for the Nats who smartly won't be going after high priced players this year, of which there are few. They'll have plenty of time to get after it in January. Especially after Mike and Phil discuss it over Christmas dinner!

Go Nats!

Posted by: ryaneades | December 4, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I like the move. It's not as though the man has no credentials. I also loved this comment:

If only more sons paid their fathers for the good advice ....

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 3, 2009 8:18 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 4, 2009 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Get over yourself, CoverageisLacking. Your comparison of me with ABM is what's off point. ABM is long gone from here. Maybe he's in Cleveland now with Manny Acta.

Posted by: nunof1 | December 4, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

New post is up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 4, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

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