Thursday, May 19, 2011
MLB investigating ump incident with Rizzo
An MLB spokesman confirmed newly hired vice president of on-field operations Joe Torre will review the report filed by Cuzzi. The New York Daily News first reported the incident and subsequent complaint.
The issue stems from a call Cuzzi missed in the ninth inning of Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Mets. With one out and a man on second, the Nationals' Jayson Werth hit a sharp grounder down the third-base line, then appeared to beat Justin Turner's wide throw to first. Even if the throw was on time, New York first baseman Daniel Murphy's foot came off the bag before he caught the ball.
"He was safe when the guy got off the bag, and he was safe because he beat the throw," right-hander Livan Hernandez said. "I think he made a big mistake, the umpire there, because it's not about his foot is off the bag. It's safe because he beat the throw. He was safe two times."
Werth and first base coach Dan Radison argued briefly, then manager Jim Riggleman got into a heated exchange with Cuzzi (the first base umpire) and later plate umpire Manny Gonzalez. After Adam LaRoche grounded out to end the game moments later, several members of the Nationals continued to yell at members of the umpiring crew.
According to the Daily News, Rizzo got into a verbal altercation with Cuzzi as the umpires left the field.
Posted by Mark Zuckerman at 10:13 PM