Anthony Rizzo is a professional baseball player known for his exceptional skills as a first baseman. Born on August 8,1989, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Rizzo has made a name for himself in the world of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Early Life and Background

Rizzo grew up in Parkland, Florida and displayed a keen interest in baseball from an early age. He attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and quickly became one of the top prospects in the country. As a high school player, he gained recognition for his power hitting and solid defensive skills.

College Career

After graduating from high school, Rizzo committed to play college baseball at Atlantic University. However, later to transfer to Broward College after his year. During his time at Broward College, Rizzo continued to impress scouts with his performance both at the plate and in the field.

Drafted by the Boston Red Sox

In 2007, Rizzo was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the MLB Draft. He spent several years progressing through their minor league system before making his MLB debut on June 9, 2011.

Professional Career

Rizzo's time with the Red Sox was short-lived as he was traded to the San Diego Padres in December 2010 as part of a deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez to Boston. It was with the Padres that Rizzo truly began to showcase his talent.

During his three seasons with San Diego (2012-2014), Rizzo established himself as of the league first basemen. His powerful swing consistent hitting led him to earn an All-Star designation multiple times while playing for the Padres.

In January 2012, Rizzo's journey took another turn when he was traded once again—this time to the Chicago Cubs. With Chicago, Rizzo continued to excel, becoming a key player in the Cubs' World Series championship win in 2016. His clutch hitting and strong defensive play earned him a spot on the All-Star team once again in 2014, as well as several other seasons.

Personal Life

Off the field, Rizzo is known for his charitable endeavors. In 2012, he established the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to support cancer research and provide assistance to families battling pediatric cancer. Rizzo himself is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 18.

Conclusion

Anthony Rizzo's impressive baseball career coupled with his philanthropic efforts make him not only a talented athlete but also an inspiring role model. From his early days as a high school standout to his current success as a Chicago Cub, Rizzo continues to impress fans and teammates alike with his skill and determination both on and off the field.