Few think Rizzo will stroll away from the Nats after this season, though demand for him would be huge. He’s loyal to a fault and in love with his job and D.C.
Los Angeles Dodgers team president Stan Kasten says of Rizzo: “Mike is the worst self-negotiator in the history of baseball. Who buys a new house [close to the park] with only one year left on a contract?”
Talk about giving away your leverage.
Winning the World Series usually creates powerful bonds. After the Nats’ title, built on a brilliant season by Rizzo, who was named executive of the year by Baseball America, there may even be a statue of him in front of Nationals Park someday, perhaps near the one of Frank Howard, albeit a lot shorter.
But what if Rizzo did leave?
What if the Nationals dawdle and disrespect the one person in their organization who might be hardest to replace? There are understandable mistakes in business, and then there are inexcusable blunders. Most major league teams, though not all, shudder at such thoughts and act to avoid them.
For example, on Monday the Atlanta Braves gave their general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, a three-year contract extension through the 2024 season, even though he was…