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Chicago Cubs: Looking back on some of Theo Epstein’s best trades

Jan 16, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein speaks as President Barack Obama listens at a ceremony honoring the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 16, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein speaks as President Barack Obama listens at a ceremony honoring the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in the East Room at the White House. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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Last but surely not least, you have the trade that started it all. You’ve heard countless stories of Anthony Rizzo and his brave battle with cancer. Fighting a disease that has claimed the lives of countless individuals, only to emerge from the shadows.

Rizzo started off as a promising prospect with the Red Sox only to find his way to the San Diego Padres. Although he made his debut with San Diego, his career lifted off when he was shipped to Chicago.

It was the first order of business made by Epstein who pretty much wanted to build this team around Anthony. That’s exactly how it went down. Rizzo is currently the veteran of this club despite those who have come and gone.

Birth of a new Chicago legend

The experience aspect doesn’t matter, Rizzo has been with this team through plenty of ups and down. Now, he’s one of the most beloved Cubs in franchise history. Deservingly so. Anthony has hit a total of 133 home runs since joining the North Siders.

Aside from home runs, he has driven in 416 career RBI over the course of five seasons. His most being in 2016 when he ended the year with 109. Just a few more than National League MVP, Kris Bryant.

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The two best friends battled it out for MVP honors last season but it was Rizzo who brought home the most hardware. After becoming part of the 30/40 club, Anthony was awarded a Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and Platinum Glove awards.

Yet, Rizzo’s bat was quiet for most of the playoffs. But when he was hot, opposing pitchers had a hard time sitting him down. Three of his 18 hits left the yard as he scored 10 teammates along the way.

Sooner or later, Rizzo is going to win MVP over Bryant. Although they are on the same team, it’s going to be fun to watch them battle it out with the rest of these young bucks to see who is the best player in the National League.

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