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Sport Nationals GM responds strongly to anonymous exec's criticism of Bryce Harper

22:20  13 june  2018
22:20  13 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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What to make of Bryce Harper ? “We go with the eye,” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post in 2012. “I don’t know if you weigh it 65-35 or 70-30, but we’ll lean toward the human element.” This is a guy who responded to getting thrown at with a straight steal of home.

Bryce Harper was at the center of comments made by an anonymous National League executive, who called the Nationals slugger a "losing player," but general manager Mike Rizzo was quick to come to his defense.

The unnamed executive told FanRag Sports that Harper was "overrated" and a "selfish, losing player." The exec added, among other comments: "He's simply overrated. The good ain't worth the bad. He's a losing player. Cares about himself more than the team. If I was in charge and had money, my team would not pursue him. We would use that money to sign 2-3 winning players."

Rizzo was asked about the comments during batting practice Tuesday, and he didn't hold back on sharing how he felt about the criticism of one of his star players, saying, "It's cowardly, it's chicken s—, and it's gutless."

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"I think it’s just totally unfair on so many levels. First of all, the premise is entirely wrong. Bryce Harper is a winner. He’s been a winner his whole life. He’s been a rookie of the year, five-time All-Star, an MVP," Rizzo said, via The Washington Post. "He’s won more games since he’s been called up to the big leagues than any player in the major leagues.

a close up of a man in a baseball game: Bryce Harper © (Getty Images) Bryce Harper

“So how is that a loser? This guy has done nothing but been a tremendous advocate for the Washington Nationals — between the lines, in the dugout, in the clubhouse and in the community. His charitable endeavors and his philanthropic efforts have been second to none. Two fields in Washington, D.C., with his name on it, for the kids. So he’s as far from a loser as you can possibly get. He’s a champion. He’s a winner. Always has been. Always will be. And these anonymous quotes from these unnamed sources like a National League executive, it’s cowardly, it’s chicken s—, and it’s gutless."

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Rizzo didn't stop there, though, as he went on to call the report "yellow journalism" and "sensationalism."

"It’s something that has to be talked about and exposed because otherwise if nobody says anything about it, it can’t go on,” Rizzo said about the anonymous source. “For another team’s executive — if it happened, if it was said — if another team’s executive to lambaste a player and denigrate this player’s ability level, his character, and his integrity, and not have the balls to put his name on it is cowardly and chicken s—. And he should be exposed for it.”

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