32. Anthony Rizzo
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 8, 1989 in Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
  • Weight: 240 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: June 09, 2011
  • Final Game: October 02, 2016
  • Branch Rickey Award - 2014
 
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In retrospect, the Chicago Cubs stole Anthony Rizzo from the San Diego Padres in a trade in 2012 that saw little attention.  At that point in his career, Rizzo had only played 49 Games in the Majors, and while his future was thought to be bright, it wasn't expected that he would become the heart of the Cubs.

Maybe, we should be more specific.  Anthony Rizzo became the heart of the Chicago Cubs: World Series Champions.

The First Baseman began his career with the Cubs organization in Triple-A and would be called up early in the season and had 15 Home Runs.  He increased that to 23 in 2013, and by this time, he was ready to take on the mantle as an upper-echelon First Baseman in the National League.  Rizzo went to the All-Star Game in 2014, an accolade he would repeat in 2015 and 2016, and he would have at least 30 Home Runs every year from 2014 to 2017, and was a 100 RBI man from 2015 to 2018.

Most importantly, he would lead the Cubs to their long-awaited World Series Title in 2016, and he would bat at least .320 with 5 RBIs in both the NLCS and World Series.  

Rizzo is also one of the great guys in the sport, known for his philanthropy and good nature.  He would win the Roberto Clemente Award in 2017.

The four-time Gold Glove winner is still with the Cubs, and he should continue to climb this list.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the San Diego Padres with Zach Cates for Kyung-Min Na and Andrew Cashner 1/6/12.
  • Games Played: 1216
  • Notable Statistics: 680 Runs
    1,231 Hits
    260 Doubles
    17 Triples
    228 Home Runs
    744 Runs Batted In 
    58 Stolen Bases
    .274/.374/.492 Slash Line 
    35.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (2016)
    All-Star (2014, 2015 & 2016)
    Silver Slugger (2016)
    Gold Glove (2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)
    Wilson Defensive Player (2016)
    Platinum Glove (2016)
    Branch Rickey Award (2014)
    Roberto Clemente (2017)
    Most Plate Appearances (2015)
    Most Hit By Pitch (2015, 2017 & 2019)
    Most Assists by a First Baseman (2014, 2016, 2018 & 2020)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a First Baseman (2020)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a First Baseman (2017 & 2020)

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