Anthony Rizzo RUMORS & NEWS

  • Anthony Rizzo excited for start of Maddon reign

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is only 25, but he’s already on his fourth big league manager in Joe Maddon, who replaced the fired Rick Renteria last month. Rizzo said Friday he’s excited to play for Maddon after the two spoke recently over the phone. “Obviously tough losing Rick, but it’s..." November 21

  • Rizzo named Branch Rickey winner

    MLB.com "Anthony Rizzo has been named the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey Award. He is the youngest to receive the award. The announcement was made in Denver Thursday. Rizzo, 25, will be inducted as the 23rd member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame on Nov. 14 at the McNichols Civic Center in..." September 18

  • Cubs' Rizzo out indefinitely with back strain

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely after an MRI Tuesday revealed a mild back strain. The All-Star slugger, who is second in the National League with 30 home runs, has missed the past seven games with the injury and would have ended up on the disabled list if it weren't..." September 03

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  • Rizzo’s HR, two doubles lead Cubs to 7-3 win

    Chicago Sun-Times "Gregory Polanco, one of the top prospects in baseball, had barely settled into his position in right field for his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night when the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo air mailed him a welcome-to-the-big-leagues postcard – sending a two-run home run directly over Polanco..." June 11

  • Cubs' Rizzo getting laugh at lefties' expense

    Chicago Tribune "Jason Hammel got a laugh at Anthony Rizzo's expense Wednesday night after the Chicago Cubs' first baseman mistakenly congratulated Hammel on earning his first National League win. Hammel, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in his Cubs' debut on April 3 and won 27 games with the Colorado Rockies..." April 10

  • Anthony Rizzo hopes Cubs can keep it together all season

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs Way: Players getting questions about the trade deadline before their first full-squad workout this spring. If you are looking for a high point in the first two years of the Theo Epstein administration – at least in terms of the on-field big-league product – you could bracket Anthony..." February 26

  • Rizzo comes through in the clutch for Cubs in 8-6 win over Angels

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs don’t want to put everything on Anthony Rizzo’s shoulders, but he’s going to feel that weight as the new face of the franchise. The Cubs look at the 10 years and $240 million the Los Angeles Angels have sunk into Albert Pujols and believe Rizzo will be the much better investment. That..." June 06

  • Rizzo: 0-22 slump not from feeling pressure of new contract

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo came to the ballpark Friday with his curly hair straightened out, drawing lots of stares from his teammates. Then he went 0-for-5, leaving him 0-for-18 on the road trip and hitless in his last 22 at-bats. On Saturday, Rizzo reverted to his normal hairstyle. Why did he change..." May 25

  • Rizzo deal just part of Cubs’ plan

    Daily Herald "Last week the Cubs signed first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the next seven seasons and maybe a couple beyond that as the team continues to peg and secure its long-term core. This deal came as no surprise for several reasons. Rizzo has long been connected to Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason..." May 20

  • Rizzo on Cubs' deal: 'It's a surreal moment'

    Chicago Tribune "It's no secret Anthony Rizzo is one of the cornerstones of the Cubs' rebuilding project. From his first spring training in 2012 to the nonstop "Rizzo Watch" last April and May when he played at Triple-A Iowa, the Cubs have been hyping Rizzo as the next big thing. On Monday they put their..." May 14

  • Cubs, Rizzo get security with new deal

    ESPN.com "Similar to the contract Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro signed late last season, what makes first baseman Anthony Rizzo's new seven-year, $41 million deal interesting is his age and service time. >!--poll1-->Without a full season in the majors, Rizzo is getting the security many players..." May 13

  • Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs agree to seven-year extension

    Sporting News "First baseman Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement on a seven-year, $41 million contract through 2019, according to Fox Sports.com. The deal also includes two club options and escalators that could extend the contract to 2021 and bring the total value of the deal up to..." May 12

  • Despite average, Rizzo on pace for big year

    ESPN.com "A slow start did not appear to impact the confidence of Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Despite a .224 batting average, Rizzo began the month of May among the lead leaders in home runs (8) and RBIs (20). Rizzo, working with manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs' two hitting coaches, went..." May 02

  • Cubs expect Rizzo to take his game to the next level

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs believed Anthony Rizzo would benefit from the World Baseball Classic experience, that playing for Team Italy would help him learn how to slow the game down and channel all that adrenaline in October. The Italians were eliminated in March here at Marlins Park, about 45 minutes south of..." April 28

  • Cubs want Rizzo just to be himself

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo finished an 0-for-5 night with a .178 average, but no one seems too concerned over his lack of hits, including Rizzo. "The home runs are really nice, especially with the weather and it being cold," Rizzo said. "The hits will turn around. One pitch at a time and grind through it. I..." April 24

  • Young players emerging as leaders for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood are long gone, and a new breed of leaders has emerged in the Cubs clubhouse. President Theo Epstein cited Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija as two examples. "And (Starlin) Castro is showing he's in that group in his own way," Epstein said. "When you play 162..." April 04

  • Anthony Rizzo takes his job seriously

    ESPN.com "Signing autographs for 20 minutes before the game on Saturday? Just part of the responsibility of being a young Chicago Cubs leader, according to Anthony Rizzo. “Putting on this jersey with the nationwide fanfare we have is a big responsibility no matter who you are,” Rizzo said. “I am aware I..." March 24

  • Douglas High alum making mark

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Fort Lauderdale native and Team Italy first baseman Anthony Rizzo secured four tickets to Tuesday's World Baseball Classic game against the Dominican Republic. All other friends and family were on their own. Italy blitzed the Dominicans for four first-inning runs, but couldn't hold off a..." March 13

  • Cubs' Rizzo rides Team Italy wave home to Miami

    Chicago Sun-Times "Anthony Rizzo made a surprise appearance at Cubs camp Sunday - the surprise, of course, being that he wasn't back in camp for good. Instead, he was just stopping by to get some of his stuff for his trip to Miami with the Cinderella team of the World Baseball Classic tournament. "It's just..." March 11

  • Cubs: The Rizzo Effect in Year 2

    CSN Chicago "The curiosity factor is pretty much gone now. Reporters aren’t lined up three-deep around his locker. The cameras aren’t in his face. There’s no wondering when he’ll get to Wrigley Field or if he’ll be a bust. It has been a very quiet spring, and that’s exactly the way Anthony Rizzo likes..." February 27

  • Rizzo: Campana will benefit from a fresh start

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said he spoke to outfielder Tony Campana to try and keep his spirits up. After appearing at the Cubs Convention, where it was apparent he was one of the more popular players on the team, Campana was designated for assignment before the first day of..." February 14

  • Rizzo to play for Italy in WBC

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said Wednesday he will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic this March. Rizzo, who was not invited to play for the United States, was given permission by the Cubs this week. "You really don't worry about position players," manager Dale Sveum..." January 17

  • Rizzo to play for Italy in WBC

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said Wednesday he will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic this March. Rizzo, who was not invited to play for the United States, was given permission by the Cubs this week. "You really don't worry about position players," manager Dale Sveum..." January 16

  • Rizzo will play for Team Italy in upcoming World Baseball Classic

    CSN Chicago "For the first time in his career, Anthony Rizzo will enter spring training with a starting gig already locked up. But the young slugger still wants more to spice up his spring. According to MLB.com, Rizzo is planning to play for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. Italy's first game..." January 15

  • Position analysis: Rizzo an anchor at first base

    Chicago Tribune "Perhaps Anthony Rizzo's best moment as a Cub wasn't seen by fans at the ballpark or watching on TV. Amazingly, he didn't even have a bat in his hand at the time. That moment of truth occurred in the Cubs' clubhouse in Phoenix after a loss in final road series, when Rizzo stood next to Darwin..." October 09

  • Rizzo, Jackson return for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson returned to the Cubs lineup Friday against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Rizzo missed Wednesday's game in Houston with neck and shoulder soreness after a collision at first base, while Jackson missed a week after colliding with a wall in center field." September 15

  • Rizzo, Jackson in good shape

    CSN Chicago "Anthony Rizzo felt better the day after a first-base collision that the Cubs know could have been so much worse. Rizzo joked that he felt like a gymnast after going airborne and tumbling up the first-base line on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Houston's Brett Wallace jumped into Rizzo..." September 13

  • Rizzo survives another scary collision

    CSN Chicago "The sight of Anthony Rizzo lying motionless on the ground had to be unsettling. This is a player the Cubs have built their future around. Rizzo survived a nasty collision at first base on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, leaving a 1-0 loss to the Astros in the third inning with soreness..." September 12

  • Rizzo injured in base-running collision

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs are seeking their season-high fifth consecutive victory Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, with Justin Germano taking the mound against the Astros. The last time the Cubs won five straight was during a seven-game streak from July 31-Aug. 6 2011. The game became secondary to the..." September 11

  • Cubs let Rizzo sit back and relax for a day

    ESPN.com "Anthony Rizzo got his first chance to sit back and watch Sunday as he was out of the lineup for the first time since being called up to the major leagues June 26. Since a four-hit game on Monday against the Houston Astros, Rizzo has gone 4-for-23, including a 1-for-9 combined day during..." August 19

  • Rizzo's first walk-off HR lifts Cubs past Cardinals

    Chicago Tribune "Here's what is known for sure as the Cubs count down the hours to Tuesday afternoon's trade deadline: Anthony Rizzo isn't going anywhere. Other than that, it pretty much remains a guessing game, although it still seems that Ryan Dempster will be traded and Matt Garza probably won't. And then..." July 30

  • Rookie slugger's demeanor a big plus

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo probably was called up too late to merit serious Rookie of the Year consideration, but he's contributing as much to the Cubs as 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper is to the Nationals. Rizzo's fourth inning single gave him a hit in 14 of the 16 games he has played in, and he has had..." July 18

  • Underappreciated All-Star Starlin Castro overshadowed by rookie teammate Anthony Rizzo

    Chicago Sun-Times "Somewhere among the mob of cameras, microphones and recorders was the latest phenom. At least that's what the poster above the table read: Bryce Harper. Big, bold letters. It was tough to get near the Washington Nationals' 19-year-old outfielder, let alone ask him a question during the..." July 10

  • Anthony Rizzo, Travis Wood keep rolling as Cubs edge Mets

    Chicago Sun-Times "Before the last game in Atlanta this week, Cubs manager Dale Sveum admitted he wondered what might have been if he'd had Anthony Rizzo in his lineup all year. ''I'd be lying if I said I didn't,'' Sveum said. The next game, Rizzo lit up the New York night in his 10th game as a Cub with four..." July 07

  • Rizzo, Johnson lead 18-hit attack as Cubs beat Mets 8-7

    Chicago Tribune "It turns out Anthony Rizzo can't do it all, at least according to Ryan Dempster. Rizzo homered and had his first four-hit night Friday in the Cubs' wild 8-7 win over the Mets as Travis Wood earned his fourth straight victory. The rookie first baseman is hitting .375 with four home runs and a..." July 07

  • What if Rizzo had been here all year with the Cubs?

    CSN Chicago "This is what Theo Epstein would categorize as external "noise," the stuff the Cubs front office has vowed to ignore. The newspapers, cyberspace and talk radio have been trying to measure the Anthony Rizzo Effect since the organization's top prospect was promoted from Triple-A Iowa last..." July 06

  • Rizzo's next task: Handling off-field demands

    Chicago Tribune "Two games into Anthony Rizzo's career in Chicago, WGN began running promos telling fans to tune in and watch "Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs." The promotion of the much-hyped slugger was the best thing to happen to the three local stations that air the last-place Cubs' games. Playing the game is..." July 06

  • Anthony Rizzo impresses Chipper Jones

    Chicago Sun-Times "Seventeen years ago, it was Chipper Jones. And he had nothing on Anthony Rizzo. ''I mean, I took my lumps; there's no doubt about it,'' said Jones, the Atlanta Braves' eight-time All-Star, recalling the start of that rookie year he spent as Bobby Cox's No. 3 hitter. ''There's a learning..." July 04

  • Rizzo makes difference for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs entered Tuesday's game with a 9-17 record in one-run games, the most losses of any National League team in the category. Whether or not they would've won a few of those close games had Anthony Rizzo been called up earlier is anyone's guess, but the Cubs won five of their first six..." July 04

  • Cubs' future rests with Anthony Rizzo for now, Jorge Soler for later

    Chicago Sun-Times "So far, so good for Anthony ­Rizzo's debut week with the Cubs. With his first home run as a Cub on Saturday, the touted rookie got his second game-winning hit of the week in a 3-2 victory against the Houston Astros. "It just feels good to get that win and get that monkey off my back to get..." July 01

  • Rizzo HR makes a winner of Cubs, Garza

    Chicago Tribune "Matt Garza did nothing to help his trade value in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Astros, but he didn't hurt it either with his fourth victory of the year, this one courtesy of Anthony Rizzo. With a month to go before the trade deadline, Garza (4-6) lasted only 51/3 innings while giving up two..." July 01