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Nationals GM Fined For Comments About Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels

After fining and suspending Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels for admitting that he was throwing at Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper, MLB has decided to fine Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo for his comments about Hamels (via CSN Philly).

Rizzo was fined an undisclosed amount. Hamels was also fined and undisclosed amount and suspended for five games.

Upon confirming that he had been fined, Rizzo said about Hamels' suspension:

"I think I've said probably enough about Cole Hamels. I'm going to stand by my statement and just move on." (via Adam Kilgore's Twitter)

Rizzo's statement, which got him into hot water with the league, was:

"I've never seen a more classless, gutless [expletive] act in my 30 years in baseball.

"Cole Hamels says he's old school? He's the polar opposite of old school. He's fake tough. He thinks he's going to intimidate us after hitting our 19-year-old rookie who's eight games into the big leagues? He doesn't know who he's dealing with."

"This goes beyond rivalry and all that stuff," Rizzo told the Post. "This points to, you take the youngest guy in baseball. He's never done a thing. And then Hamels patted himself on the back. Harper's old school. Hitting him on the back, that ain't old school. That's [expletive]." (via MLB)

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