ANTHONY RIZZO NEWS’s Fantasy Baseball Podcast, 2016 Episode 1: First Basemen

The first episode of the 2016 fantasy baseball podcast season is here. Be sure to follow on Twitter @TheFantasyFix and Brett Talley on Twitter @theRealTal. Alan and Brett discuss the site’s consensus first base rankings, specifically, what they think of the first base class in 2016 and when they’ll be looking to draft a first baseman in upcoming drafts. They...
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Exit Velocity, Part III: Applying Meaning to the Data

After first demonstrating that batted ball exit velocity matters, and then establishing that it might stabilize rather quickly and represent an actual repeatable skill, the next step in our exploration of the data is its application. We want to find something that’s predictive and could possibly provide clues for future performance. In the second part of this series, we looked...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Anthony Rizzo videobombs rapper Flo Rida at 'Monday Night RAW'

With one month remaining until he needs to report to spring training in Mesa, Ariz., Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took an opportunity to check out "Monday Night Raw" last night in South Beach.Seated right behind rapper Flo Rida, Rizzo, coming off a 31-homer, 101-RBI season, also took the opportunity to photo- and videobomb the rapper:
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Cubs' Hammel jabs Rizzo after scoring in 'Shoot The Puck' contest

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel already has one victory under his belt despite being a few months removed from the start of the Major League Baseball season.Hammel earned bragging rights over teammate Anthony Rizzo on Sunday after the 33-year-old hurler scored in the "Shoot The Puck" contest during intermission of the host Chicago Blackhawks' game against the St. Louis Blues. Although...
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Anthony Rizzo Shows Up at Monday Night Raw

We’re a month away from Spring Training, which means…it’s time for a lot of players to start getting their act together and ready for the 2016 season. If you’re Anthony Rizzo, however, that means heading to South Beach to catch “Monday Night RAW”. And I fully approve. Early on in the telecast, the Chicago Cubs All-Star (and Fort Lauderdale native) could be spotted ringside...
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Hammel redeems Rizzo, Cubs with perfect shot at Blackhawks game

Earlier in the month, Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo made an attempt to shoot a puck for his charity during a Chicago Blackhawks game. It didn't go well, as Rizzo missed all three shots attempted. Moving forward to Sunday, Rizzo's teammate Jason Hammel got his own chance to show baseball players can handle a hockey stick. He missed the first three, but made the fourth. After...
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2016 Fantasy Baseball First Base Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (300 PA min) Miguel Cabrera had the best batting average at 1B - .338 Chris Colabello, Paul Goldschmidt, Buster Posey and Joey Votto all hit better than .300 Paul Goldschmidt and Anthony Rizzo led all first baseman with 38 doubles 10 others hit at least 31, but no more than 34 2Bs Chris Davis (47) and Albert Pujols (40) were...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Anthony Rizzo will be most valuable hitter

The Chicago Cubs had a fantastic 2015 MLB season. The team won 97 games and was able to reach the NLCS for the first time since 2003. The sweetest part of the whole thing might have been that the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS to get there. With all of that momentum, the Cubs were able to acquire valuable free agents this offseason. Two of which, Jason Heyward and...
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Confident Cubs expect to improve after surprisingly successful season

One year ago, before the Chicago Cubs' magical 97-win season took the club to the National League Championship series, Anthony Rizzo made the bold prediction his team would win the division.While the Cubs fell short of winning the National League Central division, they did manage to make the playoffs as a Wild-Card team, and finish the regular season with the third-best overall record...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Rizzo strikes out in attempt to showcase hockey talents

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won't likely be taking his athletic talents to the NHL any time soon. Tuesday, Rizzo took part in the Chicago Blackhawks' 'Shoot the Puck' contest during the second intermission. He may want to stick to using a baseball bat instead of a hockey stick as he missed all three shots he attempted. Rizzo wasn't exactly raised in a hockey-friendly...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Rizzo strikes out in Blackhawks' 'Shoot the Puck' contest

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won't be joining Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks any time soon.Named to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on two occasions, Rizzo fell short of elite status when he participated in the "Shoot the Puck" festivities during intermission of Tuesday's game between the Nashville Predators and host Blackhawks.Via
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Tweet of the Moment 1/12/16

Glad you could join us, @ARizzo44! #OneCity #OneGoal — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 13, 2016 Great picture of Anthony Rizzo. He’s right there!
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Cubs' Rizzo hosting second annual comedy night to benefit cancer patients

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has already had a sensational major-league career being named to two All-Star Game rosters and quickly rising as one of baseball's young stars. One of his greatest accomplishments, however, wasn't done on the baseball field as he overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma when his career was just getting started in 2008.  "Besides physically not being...
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Chicago fans hyped for 31st annual Cubs Convention

The Chicago Cubs are coming off a surprising, exciting 97-win season in 2015 and fans are getting one more chance to revel in successful season before moving on to a highly anticipated 2016 season. The 31st annual Cubs Convention, to be held Friday at the Sheraton Grand Chicago hotel, is a three-day, sold out event featuring more than 75 Cubs players, coaches and executives; past...
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Cubs sign 1B/OF Guzman to minor league deal

The Chicago Cubs have signed first baseman/outfielder Jesus Guzman to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America.Guzman last played in MLB in 2014 with the Houston Astros, he spent the 2015 season with the Hiroshima Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan's top baseball league. Guzman, 31, had an impressive .856 career OPS in the minors in 3855 plate appearances...
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January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Betting on Mookie Betts’ Future

We’ll start with two lists. The first: a list of some of the players Mookie Betts out-WARPed in 2015: 1. Miguel Cabrera 2. Matt Carpenter 3. Anthony Rizzo 4. Nelson Cruz 5. Andrew McCutchen 6. Todd Frazier 7. Edwin Encarnacion 8. Justin Upton 9. Chris Davis 10. Jose Bautista Now, the second list. This one is a list of the players from the first list who are younger than Mookie...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Rizzo Reaches for Greatness, Even as He Meets It

Theo Epstein and his front office crew have really turned over the roster since arriving in Chicago late in 2011. Now that Starlin Castro has been traded to the New York Yankees, the Cubs’ longest-tenured player is reliever/sometime-starter Travis Wood, who barely edges out clubhouse leader and first baseman Anthony Rizzo—Wood was called up on May […]
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo’s Swing

This is mostly an excuse to share three really cool gifs I found (care of @Kazuto_Yamazaki), but I’m sure you’ll pardon me for doing so as we look at the development of Anthony Rizzo‘s dangerous swing: Rizzo 2013 — Dustin Lind (@dustinlind) January 6, 2016 Rizzo 2014 — Dustin Lind (@dustinlind) January 6, 2016 ...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Haren, Rizzo have hilarious exchange on social media

Now-retired pitcher Dan Haren was hilariously retrospective on Twitter Monday afternoon, disclosing numerous thoughts and insights from his 13-year career… while working out on a stationary bike. Among Tweets, former Chicago Cubs teammate Anthony Rizzo managed to slip in a tweet to Haren in his information social media session. Haren's response to Rizzo was a priceless diss of...
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January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Bromance over? Anthony Rizzo reacts to Kris Bryant's engagement

Kris Bryant shared some big personal news, via Twitter, on Tuesday.The 23-year old Cubs third baseman just got engaged.
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December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

How The Cubs Can Put Themselves Over the Top

In October I wrote an article about how the Chicago Cubs could baseball’s next big dynasty. After all they had a list of players under team control that includes: Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, and Jake Arrieta; and Jon Lester signed to a long term deal. Since I […]
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

'Bryzzo': Chicago Cubs young guns Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo certify BFF joint name

The Chicago Cubs' corner infield combo of 23-year-old third basemen Kris Bryant and 26-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo should serve as franchise cornernstones for many seasons to come. It's a great thing that they seem to genuintely love each other, too. So much so that they now have one of those grocery checkout tabloid magazine mash-up nicknames for easy reference, like Bennifer...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A potentially optimized 2016 Cubs lineup

While obsessing about the Cubs as usual, the conversation turned to what the best 2016 batting order should be.  We know that manager Joe Maddon likes to have his matchups and will often bat the pitcher 8th, especially early on in the season (he seemed to abandon this late in the season as they got ready for the playoffs though), and it seemed like every day was a new lineup and...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

A Bird on the Mend: Yadi has second thumb procedure 

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and his thumbs haven’t been on the best of terms these last two seasons. It was the right thumb in 2014, and it’s been the left one this year. The difference in the two thumb predicaments is that the right thumb only required one surgery, sidelining him for under two months. The left one is taking a different route.  During a matinee at Wrigley...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Historic Significance of the 2016 Cubs Lineup

The Chicago Cubs won 97 games last season, went to the National League Championship Series, and had one of the top prospects in baseball debut with outstanding success. Many teams might look at such a season, nod their heads with approval, and try to simply maintain a semblance of that high level of achievement when planning and making moves for the following season. The current...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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