Key Words: Cubs’ Rizzo accused of ‘cheap shot’ by Padres manager

With his Hollywood back story, philanthropic record, sportsmanlike approach to the game and Ruthian clout, Chicago Cubs first basement Anthony Rizzo doesn’t come in for a lot of bad press, so it was jarring to hear San Diego Padres manager Andy Green level this criticism late Monday:

‘Cheap shot.’

Andy Green, San Diego Padres

Green, careful to note he was not accusing Rizzo of being a dirty player generally, was incensed Rizzo had flattened catcher Austin Hedges on a play at the plate, in arguable contravention of Rule 7.13, enacted to protect catchers from violent collisions with base runners.

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