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Sport Nationals GM Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper, calls anonymous exec 'chicken' and 'gutless'

21:07  13 june  2018
21:07  13 june  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo responded to Cole Hamels’ admission he drilled Bryce Harper on purpose last night in harsh terms, saying MLB should suspend Hamels and calling out Hamels as “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball.

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Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper has been a lightning rod for criticism since the day he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009 and was touted as 'Baseball's Chosen One' at age of 16.

Eight years later, after winning the 2012 National League rookie of the year and 2015 MVP, the five-time All-Star faces the wrath once again. 

On Monday, an anonymous NL executive told Robert Murray of FanRag Sports that Harper was "overrated" and a "selfish, losing player."

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This didn't sit too kindly with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, who quickly came to Harper's defense.

“I think it’s just totally unfair on so many levels,” Rizzo told the Washington Post. “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. He’s won more games since he’s been called up to the big leagues than any player in the major leagues.

“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 (bleep), and it’s gutless."

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"If he gets more than 10 years, $300 million, I'd be surprised," the executive told FanRag Sports. "I would not give him 10 years, period, and certainly not at that AAV. He's just not worth it. He's a selfish, losing player."

Rizzo, who drafted Harper No. 1 overall in 2010, has been one of Harper's biggest supporters and the two have developed a strong relationship since Harper was 16. In 2012, he called Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels 'fake tough' after Hamels' admission he drilled Harper on purpose. 

"I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken (bleep) act in my 30 years in baseball," Rizzo said of the incident. 

A fiery Rizzo went on to call the Fanrag report "yellow journalism" and "sensationalism."

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Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo responded to Cole Hamels’ admission he drilled Bryce Harper on purpose last night in harsh terms, saying MLB should suspend Hamels and calling out Hamels as “I’ve never seen a more classless, gutless chicken [bleep] act in my 30 years in baseball.

“It’s something that has to be talked about and exposed because otherwise if nobody says anything about it, it can’t go on,” said Rizzo 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 (bleep). And he should be exposed for it.”

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