Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper returned to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday for a two-game sequence between the first-place groups.
In the report by FanRag Sports, an nameless NL govt known as Harper “overrated” and “a losing player.”
Nationals supervisor Mike Rizzo took exception to the report, and blasted it, whereas assembly with reporters throughout batting observe Tuesday, per the Washington Post:
“I think it’s just totally unfair on so many levels,” Rizzo mentioned. “First of all, the premise is fully mistaken. Bryce Harper s a winner. He’s been a winner his entire life. He’s been a rookie of the 12 months, five-time all-star, an MVP. He’s gained extra video games since he is been known as as much as the massive leagues than any participant within the main leagues.
“So how is loser? This man has accomplished nothing however been an incredible advocate for the Washington Nationals — between the strains, within the dugout, within the clubhouse and locally. His charitable endeavors and his philanthropic efforts have been second to none. Two fields in Washington, D.C., along with his identify on it, for the children. So he is as removed from a loser as you’ll be able to probably get. He’s a champion. He’s a winner. Always has been. Always will likely be. And these nameless quotes from these unnamed sources like a National League govt, it is cowardly, it is rooster s***, and it is gutless.
“This is yellow journalism. This is sensationalism,” Rizzo mentioned. “This is any person that no person is aware of about writing one thing outrageous from a supply no person can affirm to get identify recognition and clicks on some type of weblog. We’ll by no means see this individual, this National League govt. Obviously, he is by no means been with Harper or is aware of Harper as a result of if he was then he wouldn’t have mentioned what he mentioned about him being a loser and about he cares just for himself.
“It’s total bull**** and it’s something that should be exposed for what it is. And it’s either just being a hater or — it’s certainly unprofessional. If I found out someone in my organization said that, they would be fired the next day. And hopefully when I find out who this guy is, I’ll take care of that in my own way, but he should be fired also because, first of all, he can’t evaluate because Harper’s one of the best players in the league and one of the great advocates for the Washington Nationals.”
Harper was hit by a pitch twice in Tuesday’s loss and left the sport within the eighth inning.
He’s hitting simply .228 this season however leads the National League with 19 house runs.