MLB super agent Scott Boras made headlines last month for stating his personal involvement in the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg. In a radio interview with 106.7 The Fan, Boras intimated there could be legal concerns for the Nats in listening to their doctors' advice and also claimed he and Rizzo "built" the team as it stands.
Defining his involvement in the construction of the Nats as if he was a sort of co-general manager obviously caught peoples' attention, and now Boras is backtracking from those comments. His explanation is not only conceivable, but kinda funny in how he portrays Rizzo.
"Do you think Mike Rizzo's personality is attuned to having someone call him and tell him what to do with his particular team? Come on," he said.
"Certainly, I try to give teams insights and information. But when you're not there every day, how can you make these calls? It's not my place or anybody's place unless you're there."
Rizzo is obviously strong-willed in his decision-making, it takes supreme confidence and conviction to stick with your guns when nearly everybody in the baseball world is criticizing you publicly. Rizzo himself wasn't offended by Boras' claim and gives the exact same reason in defense of their relationship.
"I wasn't upset about it,'' he said. "I figured it was either taken out of context or there was a mistake or it was misunderstood or misrepresented. If (Boras) did say that, it was a laughable assertion that he would have that much input on what we're trying to do. Anybody who knows me well obviously laughed about it, too.''
To be a GM in professional sports, you can't exactly waffle when it comes time to make decisions. Every year they make countless choices, some with millions of dollars on the line, and job security is almost an oxymoron in their profession. Just ask Theo Epstein.
So for those assuming Boras played a big role in Strasburg's shutdown, he may have been less involved than it once appeared.