Rizzo On Stats, Bench

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.    

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