DC Sports Bog: Mike Rizzo


Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Cal Ripken on talking about the Nats job with Mike Rizzo

Orioles great says ‘certainly there was an exploration’ between him and the Nationals for their vacant job.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cal Ripken, Mike Rizzo, Nats

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Rob Dibble is still talking about Mike Rizzo

Rob Dibble casts doubt upon Matt Williams hire because of some sort of personal grudge that he can’t let go.

By Dan Steinberg  |  05:02 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colin Cowherd, John Wall, Matt Williams, Mike Rizzo, Nats, Rob Dibble

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Rizzo: ‘Mutual decision’ that the time wasn’t right for Ripken

Mike Rizzo explains why the Nats didn’t interview Cal Ripken when they were searching for a manger.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:55 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cal Ripken, Matt Williams, Mike Rizzo, Nats

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 08/31/2013

Jim Bowden on Dan Haren, Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Bryce Harper

Former Nats GM talks about what he'd do with Dan Haren, Danny Espinosa and Ryan Zimmerman, and whether Bryce Harper should get a 12-year deal.

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:18 PM ET, 08/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Dan Haren, Danny Espinosa, ESPN, Jim Bowden, Mike Rizzo, Nats, Ryan Zimmerman

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Michael Wilbon says Mike Rizzo and Davey Johnson should have known better

The Nats' woes -- and failure to meet expectations -- were a topic of conversation on 'PTI."

By Dan Steinberg  |  10:16 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Davey Johnson, ESPN, Michael Wilbon, Mike Rizzo, Nats

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Mike Rizzo on Drew Storen: 'I think we handled it perfectly'

Mike Rizzo addresses Tyler Clippard's public criticism.

By Sarah Kogod  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Davey Johnson, Drew Storen, Kirk Cousins, Mike Rizzo, Morning pixels, Nats, Rafael Soriano, Redskins, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Tyler Clippard

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Jim Bowden says Nats have a clubhouse schism

Former GM says the firing of hitting coach Rick Eckstein has created a rift inside the Nats organization.

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:44 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Davey Johnson, Jim Bowden, Mike Rizzo, Nats

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Davey Johnson: 'I'm not quitting'

Nats manager says he doesn't think Mike Rizzo was trying to force him out by getting rid of his hitting coach.

By Dan Steinberg  |  10:31 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  106.7 The Fan, Davey Johnson, Mike Rizzo, Nats

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 05/22/2013

In Quotes: Steve McCatty Playgirl edition

The team weighs in on the photo from the '80's.

By Sarah Kogod  |  12:32 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Davey Johnson, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Rizzo, Nats, Steve McCatty, Tyler Clippard

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Bryce Harper's maybe, almost, not-quite concussion

"Nobody gets a concussion from getting hit on the chin."

By Sarah Kogod  |  09:20 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bryce Harper, Davey Johnson, John Wall, Mike Rizzo, Morning pixels, Nats, Wizards

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Morning Pixels: Denard Span learned about concussions after getting one

The Nats have Span's concussion situation under control.

By Sarah Kogod  |  09:35 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Carriker, Brooks Laich, Caps, Denard Span, Mike Rizzo, Morning pixels, Nats, Redskins

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Rizzo says Storen playoff back spasms are 'news to me'

Jayson Werth told CBSSports.com that the Nats' closer was suffering from excruciating back pain in the playoffs. The GM says he didn't know.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drew Storen, Mike Rizzo, Nats

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Mike Rizzo: D.C. could become 'primarily a baseball town'

Nats GM is goaded into comparing his team's spot in the Washington market to that occupied by the Redskins.

By Dan Steinberg  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ESPN 980, Mike Rizzo, Nats, Redskins

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 11/26/2012

D.C. sports personalities at Wizards games

A winless Wizards team still draws support from local athletes.

By Sarah Kogod  |  10:42 AM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Olsen, Josh Morgan, Kedric Golston, Mike Rizzo, Nationals, Redskins, Ryan Kerrigan, Wizards

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Davey Johnson wins a fishing tournament

Davey Johnson is good at everything.

By Sarah Kogod  |  11:25 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Davey Johnson, Gio Gonzalez, Michael Morse, Mike Rizzo, Nationals, Nats

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 10/15/2012

Nats players praise fans after loss

As the pain of the loss fades, Nats fans can take comfort in knowing that the players noticed how great D.C. really is as a sports town.

By Sarah Kogod  |  11:47 AM ET, 10/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam LaRoche, Craig Stammen, Mike Rizzo, Nationals, Nats, Ryan Mattheus, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 10/11/2012

Morning Pixels: Everybody stay calm

The Nats say that now is not the time to panic.

By Sarah Kogod  |  09:37 AM ET, 10/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Davey Johnson, Ian Desmond, Jayson Werth, Mark DeRosa, Mike Rizzo, Nationals, Nats, Ross Detwiler, Ryan Mattheus

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Leo Mazzone rips Nationals again

Former Braves pitching coach again criticizes the Nationals for shutting down Strasburg, says he's rooting against them

By Dan Steinberg  |  03:39 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Leo Mazzone, Mike Rizzo, Nationals, Nats, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 09/20/2012

Rizzo calls for Davey Johnson as manager of the year

It’s mid-September and the Nationals are lobbying for postseason awards, which is another welcome change.

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:58 PM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Davey Johnson, Mike Rizzo, Kristina Akra, 106.7 The Fan

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Mike Rizzo: Media’s Strasburg/Harper obsession ‘boggles my mind’

Nats GM says his first-place team’s other players ‘deserve better’ than they’ve gotten this season.

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Mike Rizzo, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, 106.7 The Fan

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Cal Ripken and Michael Wilbon on Strasburg

Orioles legend tells SiriusXM that if he were Strasburg, he’d speak up and demand to pitch.

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:55 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Cal Ripken, Mike Rizzo, Michael Wilbon

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 09/04/2012

Robin Ficker plans to protest Strasburg Shutdown

World-famous proponent of sports heckling plans to visit Nats Park with 500 signs protesting Strasburg’s shutdown.

By Dan Steinberg  |  02:37 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Robin Ficker, Mike Rizzo, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Mitch McConnell supports Strasburg shutdown

Time to check in with the Senate Minority Leader about the pressing issue of the day.

By Dan Steinberg  |  09:54 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, Davey Johnson, Mitch McConnell

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Jim Riggleman, Stan Kasten back Nats on Strasburg shutdown

Former manager, former team president both think Mike Rizzo is doing the right thing with his ace.

By Dan Steinberg  |  10:36 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, Jordan Zimmermann, Jim Riggleman, Stan Kasten

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Morning pixels: LaVar says Cooley should have been treated better

Ex-Redskin and friend of Cooley says the tight end’s final days with the Redskins show that players need to look out for No. 1.

By Dan Steinberg  |  09:05 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats, Redskins | Tags:  Chris Cooley, LaVar Arrington, 106.7 The Fan, Clinton Portis, Mike Rizzo, Davey Johnson, F.P. Santangelo

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Jim Riggleman on the Nats

Former skipper, now in the minor leagues, says the Nationals have a ‘fine organization’ with ‘great talent.’

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:36 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Redskins | Tags:  Jim Riggleman, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 08/27/2012

Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman discuss the Strasburg Shutdown

The world demands to know every living person’s feelings about this matter. Here are two more.

By Dan Steinberg  |  09:58 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, Fox

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Mitch Williams calls Strasburg Shutdown ‘absolutely absurd’

MLB Network analyst and longtime reliever says Mike Rizzo’s plan will be a hard sell in the Nats clubhouse.

By Dan Steinberg  |  01:03 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mitch Williams, Mike Rizzo, Steve McCatty, Scott Boras

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Morning pixels: Chipper Jones continues his Nats ‘man-crush’

Last night’s farewell to Chipper Jones left everyone a little emotional.

By Sarah Kogod  |  09:42 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Football, D.C. United, Nats, Redskins | Tags:  Mark DeRosa, Adam LaRoche, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Mike Rizzo, Robert Griffin III, RGIII, Niles Paul, Kirk Cousins, Leonard Hankerson, Clinton Portis

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Mike Rizzo: Nats have 50-page Strasburg shutdown presentation

The document is top secret, so don’t ask for it.

By Sarah Kogod  |  02:14 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Post Editorial Board endorses Strasburg Shutdown

The official stance of this newspaper’s editorial board is that Mike Rizzo gets the benefit of the doubt.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Mike Rizzo, Stephen Strasburg, Thomas Boswell, Tracee Hamilton, Mike Wise

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 08/21/2012

Morning pixels: Nats partying like it’s 1994

Take a look at the standings at the end of the 1994 season. They look kind of familiarish.

By Dan Steinberg  |  09:32 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats, Redskins | Tags:  Davey Johnson, Robert Griffin III, Dan Uggla, Mike Rizzo, Pierre Garcon, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 08/20/2012

Strasburg debate takes over Fox’s Yankees-Red Sox broadcast

When National networks ignore New York and Boston in favor of Washington, you know weird things are afoot.

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:34 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Tim McCarver, Kenny Albert, Fox, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 08/17/2012

Rob Dibble slams Stephen Strasburg and Mike Rizzo

Just when you thought the rhetoric couldn’t get more ridiculous, along comes Rob Dibble.

By Dan Steinberg  |  10:20 AM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Rob Dibble, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, Mark Lerner

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Scott Boras backs Mike Rizzo and the Nats

Stephen Strasburg’s agent praises Rizzo for following the opinions of doctors in dealing with his young ace.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:36 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, Scott Boras

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Leo Mazzone calls the Nats’ Strasburg plan ‘pathetic’

Former Braves pitching coach lambastes the Nationals for their thinking on Stephen Strasburg.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:08 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Leo Mazzone, Mike Rizzo, ESPN Radio, Stephen Strasburg

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Rick Sutcliffe has a plan for Stephen Strasburg

ESPN analyst suggests Nats should space out Strasburg’s starts to get him through the end of the regular season.

By Dan Steinberg  |  01:40 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Rick Sutcliffe, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Dennis Eckersley says Nats will have to pitch Strasburg

Hall of Fame closer and TBS broadcaster does not believe the Nats will shut down Strasburg.

By Dan Steinberg  |  10:44 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Dennis Eckersley, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/03/2012

Davey Johnson suggests Stephen Strasburg innings limit is 160

Johnson’s comment is the first number specific mention from the Nats.

By Sarah Kogod  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Mike Rizzo: ‘People don’t know what the hell they’re talking about’

Nats GM gets increasingly feisty as he answers Strasburg Shutdown questions number 1,013 and 1,014.

By Dan Steinberg  |  03:19 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Mike Rizzo, Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 08/01/2012

Mike Rizzo says he’ll ‘sleep like a baby’ after shutting Strasburg down

Nats GM continues to tune out outside opinions of the Strasburg Shutdown Strategy.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:26 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Nats send Bar Mitzvah greetings

With a baseball-loving set of D.C. area twins getting Bar Mitzvahed, Aviva Kempner got the Nats involved.

By Dan Steinberg  |  03:36 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Aviva Kempner, Mike Rizzo, Wolf Blitzer, Ian Desmond

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 07/16/2012

John Smoltz says if he were Strasburg, he’d fake an injury

Former Braves great and current TBS analyst says he’d come up with a mysterious hangnail or blister.

By Dan Steinberg  |  01:54 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo, John Smoltz

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Derek Jeter likes Harper, Chipper Jones admits Harper ‘man-crush’

Two of baseball’s beloved veterans show their admiration for Harper for two very different reasons.

By Sarah Kogod  |  02:51 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Bryce Harper, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Mike Rizzo narrates MLB intro

The Nats general manager was chosen for his ‘blue collar approach to baseball.’

By Sarah Kogod  |  09:56 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Mike Rizzo

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Mike Rizzo backs Davey Johnson on pine tar incident

Nats GM says he would have been unhappy had Johnson known about Joel Peralta’s foreign subject and not acted.

By Dan Steinberg  |  02:26 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Davey Johnson, Joel Peralta, Joe Maddon, Mike Rizzo, 106.7 The Fan

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Mike Rizzo on Ryan Zimmerman’s slump

Nats GM says the slumping face of the franchise is ‘gonna come out of it, and someone’s gonna pay for it.’

By Dan Steinberg  |  03:09 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Ryan Zimmerman, Davey Johnson, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 06/13/2012

A Nats fan’s ‘Built Fake Tough’ sign

Before the Phillies made joking ‘Fake Tough’ t-shirts, one Nats fan taunted them in their house.

By Dan Steinberg  |  02:35 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Mike Rizzo, Cole Hamels, Natitude, Bryce Harper

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Morning pixels: Cole Hamels changes his story

Once upon a time, the Phillies pitcher hit Bryce Harper because of old-school baseball. Now, it was an accident.

By Dan Steinberg  |  09:24 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Caps, Nats | Tags:  Cole Hamels, Bryce Harper, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Rizzo, Thomas Boswell

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 05/04/2012

Morning pixels: Philly paper promises ‘March on Washington’

If you thought Phillies fans would take the Take Back the Park’ campaign quietly, think again.

By Dan Steinberg  |  08:57 AM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Andy Feffer, Bryce Harper, Nationals Park, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Stephen Strasburg, his innings limit and the playoffs

GM Mike Rizzo says a possible playoff race would not impact his plans to shut Stephen Strasburg down.

By Dan Steinberg  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Stephen Strasburg, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Nats COO says Bryce Harper will be in D.C. this year

Andy Feffer tells team’s flagship radio station that ‘you will see him this year.’

By Dan Steinberg  |  12:44 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Bryce Harper, Davey Johnson, Andy Feffer, Mike Rizzo

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Davey Johnson: Nats can fire me if we miss playoffs

Veteran skipper takes the playoff hype to a new level in an interview with Comcast SportsNet.

By Dan Steinberg  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nats | Tags:  Davey Johnson, Kelli Johnson, Mike Rizzo