Nationals GM Mike Rizzo joined Bill Rohland and Danny Rouhier of 106.7 The Fan last night. Here are a few highlights…
- Asked which team's success he'd like to mirror, Rizzo cited the Montreal Expos first, as they were "one of the prototypical scouting/player development organizations back in the day." He also named the Braves and Dodgers.
- Rizzo explained that he's recognized the value of statistical analysis well before Moneyball was published. He noted, "We have a whole staff of sabermetricians."
- Rizzo defended his veteran bench acquisitions, explaining that a team can't have young players at every position, and the veteran mentors won't take at-bats away from prospects.