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Category: ‘First Basemen’

Need for Speed: Rizzo Continues to Steal Bags
July 27th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon was brought to Chicago to shake things up, first and foremost, and after just 19 games it’s safe to say that he is doing just that. Coming into the 2015 season people expected Anthony Rizzo to match, or even exceed, his career highs in home runs, runs...

CUBS NEWS: Rizzo Wins Heart & Hustle Award
July 22nd, 2015 at 11:52 AM
***PHOTO1*** CUBS NEWS: Announced this week, Anthony Rizzo has been named the Chicago Cubs’ recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award by the MLBPAA. The Heart & Hustle Award is given each year to the player on each team who most embodies the true spirit of the game through passion,...

Despite Loss, Rizzo Continues to Hit
June 20th, 2015 at 12:52 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs fell to the Minnesota Twins by a score of 7-2 on Friday but Anthony Rizzo was not at fault. the Cubs' slugging first baseman deposited two more long balls into the bleachers in his 2-4 effort, giving him now 14 on the season. From a power...

Tennessee Bash Brothers Will Force Cubs’ Hand Sooner Rather than Later
May 5th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The next wave of big bats to come through the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system is making a statement here it the first month of the 2015 season. Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the bash brothers of the Tennessee Smokies (AA), have come on strong and look to force Theo...

Under Maddon, Rizzo Ties Career-High in Just 19 Games
April 29th, 2015 at 11:19 AM
***PHOTO1*** Joe Maddon was brought to Chicago to shake things up, first and foremost, and after just 19 games it’s safe to say that he is doing just that. Coming into the 2015 season people expected Anthony Rizzo to match, or even exceed, his career highs in home runs, runs...

Cubs’ Shutout Win Over Reds a Sign of Good Things to Come
April 16th, 2015 at 10:23 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs shutout the Cincinnati Reds last night on Jackie Robinson Day 5-0 but there are more positive takeaways than just the win. Both Anthony Rizzo and Travis Wood took the first steps towards getting their season on track in the victory, which is good news for the...

Sunday Spotlight: Castro & Rizzo’s Expen$ive Future
February 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have never been known as big spenders when it comes to player salaries but we are entering a new age of Cubs baseball. In combination with baseball’s exponential salary growth, the Chicago Cubs have money to spend which led to the signing of Jon Lester to the...

Down on the Farm: Schwarber and Vogelbach are Making a Name for Themselves
January 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For the past year or so, whenever anyone has mentioned the Chicago Cubs’ farm system the names that came to mind were Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara. Now that that entire group is either in the major leagues or knocking at the door, the...

Cubs Make a Nice Pickup in Peterson
December 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to claiming Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Boston Red Sox last week the Chicago Cubs also claimed 1B Shane Peterson from the Oakland Athletics. Peterson, 26, made his major league debut for the A’s in 2014 but logged just two games before the season came to...

Are Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro $100 Million Dollar Players?
December 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have never been known as big spenders when it comes to player salaries but we are entering a new age of Cubs baseball. In combination with baseball’s exponential salary growth, the Chicago Cubs have money to spend which led to last week’s signing Jon Lester to...

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...