Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo was born (8/8/89) and raised in Parkland, Florida. Rizzo was chosen in the 6th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the Red Sox after playing high school baseball at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. In fact, he has never forgotten his roots in Parkland and was a pillar of strength in the community after tragedy struck at Stoneman Douglas on February 14th, 2018. While in the Red Sox organization, Rizzo made huge strides. In 2009, he hit 12 home runs. In 2010, he hit .260 with 25 homeruns and 100 RBIs as he moved through two different levels. Although Rizzo was the 3rd best prospect in the Red Sox system, he was traded to the Padres in a deal for Adrian Gonzalez after the 2010 season.

Rizzo continued to impress as he hit .365 with 16 homeruns and 63 RBI in only 200 at bats. The Padres promoted him to the Major Leagues on June 9th, 2011. He struggled in 2011 and was up and down between the Majors and Minors. After the 2011 season, Rizzo was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and has since taken over the 1st base job with them.

Since being with the Cubs, Rizzo has been a staple in the lineup as well as at the All-Star game. He has hit 206 homeruns and knocked in 669 runs while hitting .271 and becoming a fan favorite at Wrigley Field. Rizzo was also part of the team that broke the curse of the Billy Goat and the Cubs 107-year World Series Championship drought when he helped the Cubs win it all in 2016. He is only half-way through his career, and we could already be talking about a Hall of Famer before all is said and done.

By STEVE FARACE | @CineSportsTalk