What is Mike Rizzo doing during the coronavirus pandemic? Rizzo, the GM of the defending World Series champions, told 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies this week that he’s been ordering a lot of takeout, watching a lot of Netflix, and quietly becoming a Zoom master.
“My Zoom prowess has really, really skyrocketed. I’m outstanding at it right now,” Rizzo said.
What can’t Rizzo do? [Points to head] [Points to finger where his second World Series ring will go]. [Points to mute button on Zoom like a pro].
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Freezing Cold Takes: What pundits were saying about the 19-31 Nationals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"On the same day ESPN speculated that Martinez was on the hot seat, the first call was made for the Nationals to can their skipper."
Spotlight on Hagerstown outfielders: Wilson, Connell and Rhinesmith - (MASN)
"Jumping into the minor leagues today again and looking at some of the outfielders who played at low Single-A Hagerstown last season."
MLBPA has delivered its response to MLB’s health protocols. Includes notes on:— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 21, 2020
• Testing frequency
• Protocols for positive tests
• In-stadium medical personnel
• Protections for high-risk players and family
• Access to pre-, postgame therapies
• Sanitization protocols
Juan Soto's most memorable home runs so far - (MLB.com)
"It can take years for players to accumulate enough noteworthy home runs to warrant a “most memorable” list. For Juan Soto, it took just two."
Remember when I fired Dave Martinez a year ago at this time? Forget it. - (WaPost)
"Everyone liked Martinez, many a great deal. Me, too — as I said before adding that he should be pushed off the roof, under a truck and into the sea."
What if the Nats never acquired Alfonso Soriano? - (MASN)
"For those who don’t remember, ex-general manager Jim Bowden made an unexpected big splash on the final night of those meetings in Dallas."
Super agent Scott Boras is ‘encouraged’ about a possible season in 2020 - (NBC Sports Washington)
"For all his influence and might, agent Scott Boras finds himself in a similar situation to most. He’s trying to be informed, he’s hopeful a season will begin, and he’s waiting."
The MLBPA has delivered its proposal to MLB, as @joelsherman1 said. Among the topics, per source:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 21, 2020
- protection for high-risk players/family members
- frequency of testing
- protocol for positives
- need for pre- and postgame therapy
- medical personnel at stadium
Each team's best one-game hitting performance - (MLB.com)
"NATIONALS: Anthony Rendon -- April 30, 2017 vs. Mets - [Anthony] Rendon arrived at Nationals Park without a homer on the season. He left the stadium with a new Major League record following a historic 23-5 Nats win."
The Bowden Big Board: Ranking MLB’s top 10 third basemen – (The Athletic)
"Rendon was the Nationals’ most valuable position player in 2019, leading them to a world championship with his special hitting skills and Gold Glove-caliber defense."
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Sources: Phillies likely to stay in Philly for Spring Training II - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"It is likely that the Phillies will train in Philadelphia, according to multiple sources. Nothing is certain because there are still many big-picture details to work out, but that is the plan being discussed."
Behind Mets' struggles to find an elite catcher since Mike Piazza - (NY Post)
"The Mets had the Hall of Famer Piazza, after all, and even after he departed could add a veteran such as Paul Lo Duca or Brian Schneider to bridge the gap until the answer arrived through the draft or international signing."
On this date: Joe Dillon’s 1st career HR lifts Marlins past Devil Rays - (Fish Stripes)
"Joe Dillon probably isn’t a name that fans of the Florida/Miami Marlins will remember fondly (if at all). On this day 15 years ago, however, fans from South Florida were happy to learn it."
Get your Fred McGriff ‘Crime Dog Baseball’ shirt from Breaking T now - (Talking Chop)
"New to Breaking T’s Classic Collection is Fred McGriff - Crime Dog Baseball Gets Results - is a clever spin on a key figure in Atlanta Braves history."
As long as we're doing May 24th takes, I'll share mine: a very rough draft of an article for @federalbaseball that I started in mid-May and last touched on the 27th or so.— Will Kubzansky (@wkubz) May 21, 2020
As it turned out, two of those three things happened, and then the Dodgers thing also happened. pic.twitter.com/nfvAkgLX71