Sean Casey: "Rizzo Was Not Trying To Hurt Anybody"

The MLB Network analyst and former Bucco says it wasn't a dirty play

Joe Kapp
May 30, 2018 - 1:14 pm
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) slides into the leg of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz (32) causing a throwing error which allowed two runs to score during the eighth inning

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates decided not to retaliate last night for Anthony Rizzo's questionable slide on Monday. Was it a dirty play? Was it a legal play? Did the Pirates make a mistake by doing nothing? Former MLB player and Network Analyst Sean Casey joined The Cook and Poni Show to talk about it from a former player's perspective.

"I don't think Rizzo was trying to hurt anybody," Casey said. "It's not a retaliation type of play." 

Casey said he knows Rizzo well and he plays the game hard but he is not a dirty player by any means. He says the rules have dictated that even being considered a dirty play.

"I still don't think it's a dirty play," Casey added. "The rules are different now...2 years ago that was not a dirty play."

Casey says if the Pirates agree with Elias Diaz that it was then they will take care of it at some point but it doesn't have to be right now...There is no expiration date on when you can retaliate. 

Casey has no problem with the Pirates deciding not to do anything however because he doesn't believe it was the type of play that causes that kind of reaction but he has played on some teams that felt like they were being disrespected by another team that they would hit him the hardest by beating them on the field.

"You have to let your play speak on the field," Casey told the guys. "Punch them in the mouth by going out and scoring some runs and really taking it to them."

Casey also talked to the guys about the Pirates recent woes sighting the bullpen as the biggest reason for the slide. 

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