Just out from the Nationals
The Washington Nationals today named Phil Rizzo Senior Advisor to the General Manager. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
A scout for well over 40 years, Phil Rizzo joins his ninth franchise—the Nationals—and his son for the second time. Mike and Phil worked together for seven seasons (1999-2005) with Arizona, where Phil was a Diamondbacks Special Assignment Scout.
While with the Diamondbacks, Phil made the first call and filed the first report on University of Kentucky righthander Brandon Webb, who has since won the 2006 Cy Young Award and represented Arizona in three All-Star Games.
In May of 2008, Phil was one of eight scouts to comprise the inaugural class of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. Phil is credited with signing, among others, right-handed pitcher Bob Wickman, left-handed pitcher Bob Kipper, catcher Mike Matheny infielder Dick Schofield and infielder Mark Loretta.
#1 by JayB - December 3rd, 2009 at 18:33
Wow…..Mike Matheny….really, that something alright….now can we get to work on the roster Mike?
#2 by Andrew Stebbins - December 3rd, 2009 at 18:38
No mention of the relation? It’s not a big secret.
#3 by Sue Dinem - December 3rd, 2009 at 19:07
Meh, it’s there, obscured by some lousy writing.
#4 by penco1 - December 3rd, 2009 at 19:23
waao,brandon webb first report come on,pls his got the experience but pls,everything starts with a area scout,supervisor and cross checker and he was neither to be the first to take a look,but again is the father of the gm,uhhh
#5 by Wookie - December 3rd, 2009 at 19:25
Bryce Harper passed his GED, per BA. He is now eligible for the 2010 draft. Let the hype continue.
#6 by dian - December 4th, 2009 at 08:53
Anyone know when they may start naming the rest of the minor league coaching staffs?
#7 by Brian Oliver - December 4th, 2009 at 08:56
dian – Reports are that it will be announced today
#8 by Sec 204 Row H Seat 7 - December 4th, 2009 at 10:16
This can only help the team.
#9 by Sue Dinem - December 4th, 2009 at 11:00
Unless you think that coaching acumen is directly correlated to past success as a player…