Atlanta Braves broadcaster Joe Simpson found himself in the middle of controversy Tuesday after he questioned the age of 19-year-old Washington Nationals rookie Juan Soto.
The Braves and Nationals played a split-game doubleheader at Nationals Park.
"He is ... if he's 19, he has certainly got his man growth," Simpson said during Game 1 on Fox Sports South. "He is big and strong."
The comment drew the ire of Mike Rizzo, who later spoke to Simpson about the statements.
"I had a definite reaction," Rizzo said. "I handled it face to face, privately with him. I believe he understood my stance on his comments."
Simpson said things between he and Rizzo are fine and clarified his comments about Soto during the second game of the doubleheader.
"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. "Well, he is. He's bona fide 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."