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Category: ‘First Basemen’

Anthony Rizzo’s 5K for Cancer a Huge Success
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo has proven to be one of the most upstanding men in baseball since he began his big league career in 2011. This season, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest winner of the Branch Rickey Award. Yesterday morning, he...

What Ever Happened to Bryan LaHair?
October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Back in 2011, the Chicago Cubs thought they had found a diamond in the rough in 28-year-old first baseman Bryan LaHair. He was relatively unproven at the big league level, but LaHair had proven to be one of the best minor league talents in baseball: Year Team Level .ave .obp HR RBI 2009 SEA AAA .289 .354 26 85 2010 CHC AAA .308 .385 25 81 2011 CHC AAA .331 .405 38 109 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) LaHair began the...

Anthony Rizzo Looks to Add More Hardware to His Collection
October 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Award season is only just beginning and, already, Chicago Cubs first baseman, Anthony Rizzo is making out like bandit. In the last month, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest player to ever win the Branch Rickey Award; now Rizzo is up for the Hank...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 29th
September 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo had three hits in yesterday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the ninth time in 2014 that Rizzo had recorded three or more hits in a game. His season high was four (4/9 vs. PIT) 2. In 2014 Starlin Castro played...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ First Baseman, Anthony Rizzo
September 28th, 2014 at 1:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It has been an uphill battle for the Chicago Cubs’ offense all season long but Anthony Rizzo has persevered though it all. The Cubs’ bats went silent last night against the Milwaukee Brewers, mustering only one run on five hits. The lone RBI and two of those hits...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 19th
September 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. It was announced yesterday that, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo has won the 2014 Branch Rickey Award. The Branch Rickey Award “honors individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people”1. At 25 years old, Rizzo is the youngest...

Anthony Rizzo Named as Roberto Clemente Award Finalist
September 18th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Major League Baseball hands out tons of awards at the conclusion every season but few are as special as the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. This year,...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 16th
September 16th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Announced this week, Kris Bryant and Jen-Ho Tseng have been named the Chicago Cubs minor league player and pitcher of the year for 2014. Bryant hit .325 with 43 home runs, 114 RBI, 34 doubles and 15 steals between AA and AAA, while Tseng, 19, went 6-1 with...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 15th
September 15th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs are hoping that, first baseman, Anthony Rizzo will return to the starting lineup tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. Rizzo has missed time due to a back strain and last played on August 26th; the Cubs went 6-12 in his absence. 2. When the Chicago Cubs open...

Chicago Cubs’ September Call-Ups: Mid-Month Update
September 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs added a handful of new faces to the big league club when rosters expanded on September first but it doesn’t appear that their presence has helped put W’s on the board. Since September first the Chicago Cubs are 3-6 and have been swept in back-to-back series (by...

Rizzo Wins Player of the Week
July 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs could use a strong second half from Anthony Rizzo and right out of the gate the kid has been on fire!  Announced yesterday by MLB.com, Rizzo won the player of the week for his performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  During the three-game set Rizzo went 5-11 with...

Rizzo Kicks Off Second Half with Two Homers
July 19th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs opened the second half against the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday and although they fell 5-4, Edwin Jackson had a productive start and Anthony Rizzo made one heck of a statement.  Rizzo had experienced a dip in his hitting in the month of July but the young first baseman...

Anthony Rizzo is the Real Deal
July 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Gamer – 1. A hardnosed ballplayer who turns it up a notch come game time. 2. Someone who steps it up in the clutch.  Can go to another level on command   (see Anthony Rizzo)   In the dictionary you will find Anthony Rizzo’s name next to the definition of gamer.  Since being named...

Should Anthony Rizzo Be an All-Star?
July 7th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Over the weekend it was announced that Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be a reserve for the National League in the 2014 all-star game.  This year marks Castro’s third all-star selection.  All the attention now shifts to Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo.  Rizzo has made the ballot for the...

Anthony Rizzo is Becoming a Star
June 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is making huge strides this year.  His play has improved so dramatically that he seems like a shoe-in to be chosen for the MLB all-star game in Minneapolis, MN.  Few are truly surprised with Rizzo’s improvement but the fact that it’s really happening and...

Why You Should Never Trust a Sports Writer
June 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Rule number one when reading the sports section: never trust a sports writer.  Sports writers are much like tabloid writers in a number of ways: 1) we need something to write about, and 2) we need to write every day.  So what happens when there is no exciting news to...

As Chicago Cubs Outfielder Bryan LaHair Turns 30, His Future with the Team Remains Unclear
November 5th, 2012 at 8:49 PM
Bryan LaHair, one of only two All-Stars for the Chicago Cubs last season, turns 30 today. As the outfielder grows out of his twenties, it is unclear what kind of role he will grow into with the Cubs. While he flourished in the first half of the season and captivated...

Chicago Cubs Should Offer Darwin Barney a Mulit-Year Contract
October 18th, 2012 at 4:40 PM
Now that the Cubs have locked up Starlin Castro with a $60 million deal, Chicago needs to give the same kind of treatment to Darwin Barney. Not the $60 million part of Castro's contract, but the five year length. By providing some kind of stability up the middle of the...

Chicago Cubs 2012 Season Highlighted by Anthony Rizzo
October 4th, 2012 at 3:31 PM
The 2012 season will be looked back on as just the second season in the history of the Cubs that the team lost over 100 games. Still, there were some positives that occurred throughout the season, the biggest of which was the play of Anthony Rizzo, who should be a...

Chicago Cubs Avoid 100th Loss with 7-2 Win Over Arizona Diamondbacks
September 30th, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The Cubs race to the century mark in the loss column took a detour, as Chicago snapped a seven game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks. With 99 losses on the season, the Cubs will need to win out in order to avoid the dubious honor. Chicago...