The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals played a doubleheader on Tuesday. During Game 1 Braves announcer Joe Simpson questioned the age of Nationals 19 year old Juan Soto.
“If he’s 19, he has certainly got his man growth. He is big and strong.”
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was not happy with Simpson’s comments and confronted him between games, via The Athletic:
“I had a definite reaction. I handled it face to face, privately with him. I believe he understood my stance on his comments.”
During Game 2 Simpson addressed the comments he made about Soto earlier in the day, USA Today Sports:
“If you were with us in Game 1, you might have heard me make a comment off the top of my head about if he’s 19,” Simpson said Tuesday night. “Well, he is. He’s bonafide 19. And he is a full-grown man. He is strong. And he is one heck of a player. You might well just write his name in on the Rookie of the Year award right now.”
Thanks for the clarification Joe. Are we really surprised that he would question Soto’s age? I mean come on. This is the same dude who threw a fit over the Dodgers batting practice attire.