Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo somehow remains underrated in fans’ eyes

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Chicago Cubs: Rizzo sets the tone at first base

When evaluating a player’s defensive prowess, there are two distinct schools of baseball fans: old and new school. With advanced metrics, we can quantify players’ abilities on a much finer level. The old school thinkers? They believe more in the eye test, which is more effective when you watch guys on a daily basis.

Both disciplines look favorably on Anthony Rizzo at first base. Two years ago, he received a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award – and also the Rawlings Platinum Glove, awarded annually to the overall best defender in each league.

He ranks ninth among active first baseman in putouts and sixth in fielding percentage. Last season, despite not bringing home any hardware, he led all first baseman in fielding percentage. He’s saved many a young infielder from an error with his impressive abilities around the bag.

And let’s not forget. While we give Willson Contreras love for his backpick throws to nail runners, it’s Rizzo who is always ready to make the tag in a near-flawless manner. Or how about his defense of bunts?

Name a better infield duo than Baez and Rizzo. It’s OK, we’ll wait.