Rizzo was attempting to score from third base on a lineout to center field by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the sixth when he slammed into Hedges. Rizzo’s left shoulder caught Hedges square in the right thigh and midsection and the San Diego catcher fell over backward, holding onto the ball for an inning-ending double play.

“I owe the first start of my career to those who taught me the fundamental baseball skills I needed to become the player I am today,” said Rizzo, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Red Sox out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2007. “Without the help of my coaches, I don’t know if I would have had this much success. I am grateful for the support and encouragement they gave me when I needed it the most.”

When Rizzo was drafted, the Red Sox already were a championship-caliber organization. They had won the World Series in 2004 and then did it again months after Rizzo came aboard. There was a sense that just making it to the big leagues wasn’t enough — you had to be ready to win right away on the biggest stage.

Rizzo hosts several fundraisers a year both in season and wholesale mlb jerseys during the winter, and he often visits hospitals all over Chicago. On the Cubs’ last trip to Pittsburgh, earlier this year, he visited the Clemente museum on the same day he was named a nominee for the award.

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I can understand why you’d lobby for Rizzo. According to Elias Sports, he’s the only player in the past 60 seasons to reach base safely to start a game in each of his first seven career games batting leadoff. He hit three home runs, a double and two singles in those seven games. He’s a natural, right? But as much fun as Rizzo had being the self-proclaimed greatest leadoff hitter of all time, I’d keep him at either third or fourth in the lineup where he’ll have a better opportunity to drive in runs. He’s driven in at least 100 runs in each of his past three seasons and batted .

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Cubs #44 Grey Flexbase Authentic 2017 Gold Program Stitched MLB Jersey

“It’s something we’ll certainly discuss,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said this week at the Winter Meetings. “Anthony’s a big part of what we do here, a homegrown player that’s a great performer and a guy that’s a core piece of our organization.”

Rizzo announced through his foundation on Monday that he will donate $150,000 to his Parkland, Fla., high school to cover half of the cost of a state-of-the-art lighting system at newly named Anthony Rizzo Field. He hopes to raise the rest during a fundraiser planned for January.

Last season, Caratini was promoted to the big league team in late June. Contreras handled the majority of games, but on July 30 in Milwaukee, Anthony Rizzo was a late scratch and Caratini was needed to play first base. He hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 4-2 win over the Brewers. It also was his last game with the big league team until mid-August because the Cubs had acquired Alex Avila from the Tigers.

Rizzo is 4-for-12 with a double, a home run and five RBIs through the first three games. The Cubs have scored only eight in the series so far. Runs batted in might be an antiquated statistic but don’t tell the Cubs’ manager that. Rizzo has been at the center of some of the biggest RBIs for his team this year.

When Rizzo was drafted, the Red Sox already were a championship-caliber organization. They had won the World Series in 2004 and then did it again months after Rizzo came aboard. There was a sense that just making it to the big leagues wasn’t enough — you had to be ready to win right away on the biggest stage.