59 Facts About Anthony Rizzo


Anthony Vincent Rizzo was born on August 8,1989 and is an American professional baseball first baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

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Anthony Rizzo has previously played in MLB for the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs.

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Anthony Rizzo was traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2010 season along with three other prospects in exchange for All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

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Anthony Rizzo was a sixth-round draft choice out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the Red Sox.

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Anthony Rizzo was heading for Florida Atlantic University before he was drafted and signed, with a $325,000 signing bonus.

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Anthony Rizzo played in the Red Sox organization with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox, Greenville Drive, Salem Red Sox and the Portland Sea Dogs.

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In 2008 at the age of 18 Anthony Rizzo played in class A with the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League.

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Anthony Rizzo credited the easing of his swing and making better use of his legs for his power surge.

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On December 6,2010, Anthony Rizzo was traded along with Casey Kelly, Reymond Fuentes, and Eric Patterson to the Padres for three-time All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

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Anthony Rizzo was considered the third best prospect and the best power-hitting prospect in the Red Sox organization.

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Anthony Rizzo is a bigger kid and has a little more power, Adrian is a little more of a contact hitter, but they had very similar styles of play.

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Anthony Rizzo started the 2011 season in Triple-A with the Tucson Padres.

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Anthony Rizzo's promotion was prompted by the Padres' inadequate offensive production and fielding play of veterans at first base.

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On July 21,2011 Anthony Rizzo was demoted back to Triple-A, and Blanks was promoted.

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Hoyer said Anthony Rizzo "worked hard, never made excuses, and endeared himself to his teammates" during his initial stint in the majors.

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Anthony Rizzo finished his first season in San Diego hitting only.

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Hoyer believed Anthony Rizzo would be the starting first baseman for the Padres in 2012 with Jesus Guzman as the second option.

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Hoyer had drafted Anthony Rizzo while working as an assistant general manager for the Red Sox, and later acquired Anthony Rizzo while he was the Padres' general manager.

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Anthony Rizzo blamed himself for calling up Rizzo to the majors too early in San Diego.

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Anthony Rizzo started the 2012 season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.

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Anthony Rizzo became the first player in Cubs history to have three game-winning RBIs in his first five games with the team.

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Anthony Rizzo hit seven homers in July, the most by a Cubs rookie in a calendar month since Mel Hall hit nine in August 1983.

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Anthony Rizzo led National League rookies that month in homers, hits, RBIs, and total bases.

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Anthony Rizzo was named as the Cubs finalist for the national Heart and Hustle Award, and he was named the Cubs finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award.

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Anthony Rizzo placed 2nd for the Gold Glove award for first basemen.

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Anthony Rizzo was voted into the All-Star game via the final vote by fans along with White Sox pitcher Chris Sale.

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Anthony Rizzo joined teammate Starlin Castro in Minneapolis for the All-Star game.

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Anthony Rizzo was elected on the player's ballot for the 2015 All-Star Team.

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Anthony Rizzo competed in the 2015 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby for the first time in his career, but lost in the first round to Josh Donaldson.

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Anthony Rizzo hit his 100th career home run and 300th RBI on September 8,2015, against Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha.

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Anthony Rizzo took home the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award which is awarded to a player that has a strong desire for the game, and has a belief, spirit, and traditions that symbolize the game of baseball.

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Anthony Rizzo received the same award from the Cubs organization which was his second time.

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Anthony Rizzo started as the first baseman at the 2016 All-Star game, receiving the most fan votes in the National League.

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Anthony Rizzo played in 155 games with 583 at bats and scored 94 runs.

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Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch 16 times, had 170 hits with 43 doubles, 4 triples, 32 home runs and 109 RBIs.

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Anthony Rizzo's fielding excellence was rewarded with a Gold Glove Award.

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Anthony Rizzo was one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award and was the Cubs nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.

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Anthony Rizzo was an integral part of the last three victories over the Los Angeles Dodgers and led the Cubs to their first World Series appearance since 1945.

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Anthony Rizzo won the Esurance MLB Award for "Best Social Media Personality" and for "Best Play: Defense".

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Anthony Rizzo's defense saved 11 runs for the Cubs which led all MLB first basemen and he was recipient of his first Fielding Bible Award and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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Anthony Rizzo finished second behind the Nationals Ryan Zimmerman in a tight race for starting NL first baseman in the 2017 All-Star Game.

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On October 27 Anthony Rizzo was named as the 2017 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award for his charity's work to find a cure for childhood cancer.

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Anthony Rizzo led the major leagues in times hit by a pitch with 27.

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Anthony Rizzo received his fourth Gold Glove Award; his third in a row.

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Anthony Rizzo was one of the first players that the Cubs traded for under Theo Epstein to help kick off the rebuild.

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On July 29,2021, Anthony Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees along with cash considerations for Alexander Vizcaino and Kevin Alcantara.

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In only two games, Anthony Rizzo made an immediate impact by going 4 for 5 with 2 plus hits, 2 solo home runs, 3 walks, and 5 runs overall, becoming the first player in the franchise history to achieve this feat.

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Anthony Rizzo became the first Yankees player of all-time to get on base eight times, the seventh Yankee to homer in his first two games.

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Anthony Rizzo became the fourth MLB player with RBIs in his first 6 games with a new team, joining Jim Spencer, Jim Wynn, and Bobby Murcer.

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Anthony Rizzo became the first Yankees player since Derek Jeter to reach this milestone while playing for the team.

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Anthony Rizzo hit a home run in each of the first two games of the season making him only the second player in the modern era to homer in his first two games with a new team, and again in that team's first two games the following season.

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Anthony Rizzo has an older brother, John, who was a lineman for the Florida Atlantic University football team.

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Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with limited state classical Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2008.

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Anthony Rizzo's grandmother was battling breast cancer at the same time.

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On September 2,2008, Anthony Rizzo's doctor told him he was in remission, though he still had six weeks left of treatment and some follow-up testing.

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On February 15,2018, Anthony Rizzo delivered an emotional speech at the vigil for the school shooting victims in Parkland, Florida.

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Anthony Rizzo is a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a longtime Parkland resident.

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Anthony Rizzo met with survivors of the massacre before a game with the Marlins where he helped donate $305,000 to the National Compassion Fund, with all of the funds going directly to all victims and their families.

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In February 2020, Anthony Rizzo donated $150,000 to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to help pay for the school's lights for its baseball and softball fields.

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