Anthony Rizzo is a two-time N.L. All-Star (2014, 2015) and is in his fourth full season with the Cubs after he was acquired from San Diego in a four-player deal in January of 2012 ... in 547 games with Chicago, he's hit .268 (550-for-2,053) with 121 doubles, six triples, 101 home runs and 307 RBI ... his 101 homers with the Cubs rank 20th in franchise history. Finished fourth in the 2015 N.L. Most Valuable Player voting. Participated in the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. In 2015 he recorded 72 extra-base hits, the most for a Cubs left-handed hitter since Billy Williams had 77 in 1972. Has batted .260 (568-for-2,181) with 129 doubles, seven triples, 102 home runs and 316 RBI in 596 big league games between San Diego (2011) and Chicago (2012-15). Was the Cubs finalist for both the 2014 and 2015 Hank Aaron Awards, presented to the league's top hitter ... honored as the 2014 Branch Rickey Award winner in recognition of his work in the community with pediatric cancer patients. Was the Cubs nominee for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Roberto Clemente Award ... twice honored as the Cubs Heart and Hustle Award winner by the MLBPAA, in 2013 and 2015. On May 13, 2013, signed a seven-year contract through 2019 that includes club options for both 2020 and 2021. Played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic in March 2013 ... batted .235 with a .409 on-base percentage, two doubles and six RBI in five games ... helped the team reach the second round. Prior to his trade to Chicago, Baseball America named him San Diego's top prospect heading into the 2012 season. Batted .303 with 137 doubles, 87 home runs and 343 RBI in 445 minor league contests covering six seasons. Made his major league debut with San Diego in 2011, batting .141 (18-for-128) in 49 contests covering two stints with the club. Was acquired by the Padres from Boston in December of 2010 as part of a five-player deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Named the Red Sox Offensive co-Player of the Year in 2010 after leading their system with 25 homers between Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Limited to 21 minor league games in 2008 after being diagnosed with Limited State Classical Hodgkins' Lymphoma in late April. Created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation in 2012 to help raise money for cancer research, and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease ... besides hosting multiple fundraisers in his hometown of Parkland, Fla., holds annual Cook-Off and Laugh-Off fundraisers in Chicago. Participated in the 2015 and 2016 Cubs Caravan events. Graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. ... hit .468 with 48 RBI and 28 walks as a senior.
Again named to the N.L. All-Star Team, Anthony Rizzo collected 94 runs, 38 doubles, 31 homers, 101 RBI, 78 walks and 17 stolen bases to become just the sixth-left-handed hitter in major league history to reach those numbers in a single season ... he joins Babe Ruth (1921, 1923), Barry Bonds (1993, 1998), Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Larry Walker (1997) and Bobby Abreu (2001). Named a N.L. All-Star for the second-straight season, was the squad's starting designated hitter (0-for-2). w Was the first Cubs starting position player in the All-Star Game since outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and catcher Geovany Soto started in 2008. Reached 30 homers for the second-straight season, becoming just the second left-handed hitting Cub to reach that plateau in multiple campaigns ... joins Billy Williams, who reached 30 homers 13 times. Batted .278 (163-for-586) in 160 games on the season ... his 101 RBI ranked third in the N.L. while his 31 homers ranked sixth. Was hit by a pitch 30 times, tops in the bigs, and a franchise mark that surpassed 17 (Frank Chance in 1905, Marlon Byrd in 2010) ... most in the majors since Pittsburgh's Jason Kendall was hit 31 times in 1998. w Set the franchise mark for hit by pitches in April with six, surpassing Reed Johnson in 2008 (5). Became just the second 30-homer, 30-hit by pitch player in major league history, joining Boston's Don Baylor (31 HR, 35 HBP) in 1986. His .387 on-base percentage ranked fifth in the N.L. ... his .899 OPS ranked fourth and his 38 doubles tied for fifth. Hit .294 (48-for-163) with six homers, 25 RBI and a .409 on-base percentage against left-handed pitching ... that OBP was third-highest for any lefthanded hitter vs. a southpaw pitcher. Recorded 16 game-winning RBI, fourth-most in the N.L. ... his 72 extra-base hits ranked sixth in the N.L. His 17 steals were a career mark that surpassed his six in 2013 ... ranked second among first baseman, and the 17 swipes were the most by a Cubs first baseman since Leon Durham had 28 in 1982. Had two multi-homer efforts: June 5 in Washington and June 19 in Minnesota. Recorded a .994 fielding percentage (9 E/1,465 TC) in 160 games manning first base ... his 126 assists were second-most among big league first basemen (Joey Votto, 139) ... went 50-straight games without an error, May 26-July 24. Reached safely in his first four games of the season, giving him a career-high streak of reaching safely in 18-straight games dating to August 23 of the previous season ... tied that mark by reaching safely in 18-straight games, May 22-June 11. Matched his career high with his sixth stolen base, April 28 vs. Pittsburgh ... was the team's 19th game on the season. After hitting two homers in April, belted seven long balls in May, including six in 14 games, May 2-15. Matched his career high with six RBI, May 23 in Arizona ... delivered a three-run double in the fourth inning and hit a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth. w The homer snapped a stretch of 64 consecutive long balls with either none or one on base ... his previous homer with at least two on was September 16, 2012 vs. the Pirates, a grand slam. Recorded a career-high 12-game hitting streak, May 25-June 7 ... batted .386 (17-for-44) with seven doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI and a 1.208 OPS during the run. Homered in four-straight games, July 29-August 1 ... marked the 26th time since 1914 that a Cub had turned the trick, and the first time since Alfonso Soriano, April 30-May 4, 2010. Tied his career high with four hits, August 4 in Pittsburgh. Belted his second career grand slam, September 4 vs. the Diamondbacks, off A.J. Schugel. Hit his 30th homer of the season, September 17 in Pittsburgh, off Charlie Morton. © Batted .188 (6-for-32) with two solo homers, two walks and one hit by pitch in nine post-season games. w Homered off the Cardinals Kevin Siegrist in both NLDS Games Three and Four ... it marked the first time in post-season history that a batter hit a homer off the same pitcher in consecutive games within one post-season series.
Anthony was named to the N.L. All-Star team, his first career All-Star nod...Hit a career-high 32 home runs in 140 games to become just the seventh Cubs left-handed hitter to reach 32 homers in a season, and the first since Rick Monday hit 32 in 1976...All told, batted .286 (150-for-524) with 28 doubles, one triple, the 32 long balls and 78 RBI on the season...Won MLB's Final Vote for the 34th roster spot on the National League roster for the All-Star Game...Won with over 8.8 million votes...Became just the fourth Cubs first baseman to make the N.L. All-Star team in the last 32 years since 1982, joining Mark Grace (1993, 1995, 1997), Derrek Lee (2005, 2007) and Bryan LaHair (2012)...At age 24, became the youngest Cub to make the N.L. All-Star team as a first baseman...Phil Cavarretta, age 27 in 1944, was the previous youngest Cubs first baseman to earn the nod...His 32 home runs ranked second in the N.L., five behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton...Became the first Cub to rank at least second in the N.L. in homers since Derrek Lee was second in 2005 with 46...His 150 hits marked a career high and surpassed his 141 hits in 2013...Ranked third in the N.L. with a .913 OPS and 30 go-ahead RBI...Was ninth with 73 free passes ...Tied for 10th with 89 runs and 61 extra-base hits...His 89 runs scored ranked second among N.L. first basemen ... his 61 extra-base hits and 73 walks ranked third, while his .286 average ranked fourth...Was hit by a pitch 15 times, tied for fifth-most among N.L. hitters...Batted .300 (42-for-140) with eight homers and 23 RBI against lefties ... his average against southpaws ranked fourth among N.L. left-handed hitters while he ranked second in homers (Philadelphia's Ryan Howard had 10)...Tied for the major league lead with 11 homers on the first pitch of an at-bat...Baltimore's Nelson Cruz also hit 11 such home runs...His 20 home runs prior to the All-Star break were the most by a Cubs left-handed batter since Rick Monday hit 21 before the Mid-Summer Classic in 1973...Had three multi-homer efforts to reach seven multi-homer career games: May 31 at Milwaukee, July 18 at Arizona and July 22 vs. San Diego...Tied his career high with four hits, April 9 vs. Pittsburgh...Drew four walks and hit a two-run homer, April 30 at Cincinnati … became the first Cub with a homer and four walks in a game since Hee-Seop Choi, April 16, 2003 vs. the Reds ... the four walks set a new career-high...Had a 56-game errorless streak from September 1, 2013-May 4, 2014 prior to a fielding miscue, May 5 vs. the White Sox … was the longest errorless streak by a Cubs first baseman since Derrek Lee's 59-game run in 2010...Belted a walk-off homer, June 6 vs. Miami … the blast came in the 13th inning off Kevin Slowey and gave Chicago a 5-3 win...Recorded a career-high 10-game hitting streak, July 11-25 .. hit .351 (13-for-37) with 12 runs, five home runs and a 1.226 OPS...Named N.L. Player of the Week for the period ending July 20 after hitting three homers in a three-game series at Arizona to start the second half of the season (.455/5-for-11)...Suffered a lower back strain, August 26 in Cincinnati ... missed the next 18 games...Returned to action with a bang, September 15 vs. Cincinnati, hitting a walk-off homer to lead off the ninth inning and break a scoreless tie.
In his first full major league season, Anthony's 40 doubles were the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter since Mark Grace had 41 in 2000 ... his 65 extra-base hits were the team's most by a left-handed hitter since Grace had 65 in 1999... Batted .233 (141-for-606) with 40 doubles, two triples, 23 home runs, 71 runs scored and 80 RBI in 160 games... His 40 doubles and 65 extra-base hits both ranked fifth in the N.L... Led the team and ranked sixth in the N.L. with 76 walks... His .997 fielding percentage (5 E/1,441 TC) at first base ranked third in the N.L. ... his 0.6 WAR led all full-season first basemen... Batted .252 (105-for-416) with 16 home runs against right-handed pitching ... hit .189 (36-for-190) with seven homers vs. southpaws... His seven home runs against left-handed pitching were fourth-most among N.L. left-handed hitters, trailing only Jay Bruce (10), Joey Votto (9) and Carlos Gonzalez (8)... Hit .414 (41-for-99) with eight home runs when putting the first pitch in play... Led the team with 22 go-ahead RBI, 10 game-winning RBI and 29 RBI with two outs... Batted .257 (70-for-272) with runners on base, but just .191 (29-for-152) with runners in scoring position... Had three multi-homer games, bringing his career total to four ... hit two blasts April 26 in Miami, August 1 vs. the Dodgers and August 21 vs. Washington... Belted a home run on the first pitch he saw to begin the season, taking A.J. Burnett deep in the first inning on Opening Day in Pittsburgh... His multi-homer effort, April 26 in Miami, started a run in which he batted .390 (32-for-83) with 10 doubles, four homers, 16 RBI and a 1.103 OPS in 21 games through May 18... His eight April home runs are a franchise record for a Cubs left-handed hitter, surpassing seven by Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000)... The eight homers in April are tied for second-most by any Cubs hitter in franchise history … Alfonso Soriano hit 10 April home runs in 2011... Besides his eight April home runs, drove in 20 runs on the month, the second-most RBI by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April (Billy Williams, 25 in 1970)... Set a career high with three doubles, April 30 vs. the Padres... Reached base safely in a career-high 15-straight games from May 25-June 11... Set a career mark with four runs scored and drove in four runs, June 23 vs. Houston ... went 3-for-3 with a double and a homer... His .240 batting average (24-for-100) in September was 50 points higher than his .190 average (20-for-105) in August... Tied his career high with three walks, September 4 vs. the Marlins, done two other times... Played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic in March ... batted .235 with a .409 on-base percentage, two doubles and six RBI in five games ... helped the team reach the second round.