Anthony Rizzo, First Base, Chicago Cubs, #44


Date of Birth: 8/8/1989
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Anthony Rizzo, first baseman for the Chicago Cubs, was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He spent his time with the Red Sox in the minor leagues and in December, 2010, they traded him to the San Diego Padres.

Rizzo made his first major league appearance with the Padres in 2011, playing in 49 games with them that season. In January, 2012, Rizzo was traded again, this time to the Chicago Cubs. He played in 87 games with the Cubs in 2012.

On May 12, 2013, the Cubs and Rizzo agreed to a 7-year, $41 million contract that includes a two year club option. In 2013, Rizzo batted .233 with 141 hits, 40 doubles, 23 home runs, and 80 RBIs in 160 games. He finished the 2014 season with 150 hits, 28 doubles, 32 home runs, 78 RBIs, and a .286 batting average in 140 games.

Rizzo had a good 2015 season, finishing with career highs in hits (163), doubles (38), stolen bases (17), and RBIs (101). He had a .278 batting average and 31 home runs in 160 games. As the Cubs' first baseman, he made 126 assists, 102 double plays, 1,330 putouts, and 9 errors in 160 games. In 32 at-bats in 9 postseason games, he batted .188 with 6 hits, including 2 home runs, and 2 RBIs.

Rizzo had his best season so far in 2016, playing in 155 games. He had career highs in hits (170), doubles (43), home runs (32), RBIs (109), and batting average (.292). Defensively, as the Cubs' first baseman in 154 games, he made 125 assists, 98 double plays, 1,268 putouts, and 6 errors. Those numbers along with a .996 fielding percentage earned him his first Gold Glove. In the postseason, he batted .277 with 18 hits, including 5 doubles and 3 home runs, and 10 RBIs in 65 at-bats in 17 games.

Rizzo won his first Silver Slugger award in 2016. He also won the Rawlings Platinum Glove as the best defensive player in the National League.

Rizzo had another good season in 2017, batting .273 in 157 games. He finished the season with 156 hits, 32 doubles, 32 home runs, and 109 RBIs. He walked 91 times and struck out 90 times. Defensively, as the Cubs' first baseman in 157 games, he made 150 assists, 112 double plays, 1,222 putouts, and 3 errors. In the postseason, he had 5 hits, including a home run, and 6 RBIs in 37 at-bats in 10 games.

Career batting statistics for Rizzo through 2017 include:

  • 908 games played
  • 894 hits
  • 204 doubles
  • 166 home runs
  • 534 RBIs
  • 654 strikeouts to 440 walks
  • .268 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Rizzo at first base through 2017 include:

  • 900 games played
  • 740 assists
  • 634 double plays
  • 7,292 putouts
  • 38 errors
  • .995 fielding percentage

Personal Life

In May, 2008, Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was successfully treated.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Anthony Rizzo
ESPN - Anthony Rizzo