Best Chicago Cubs’ first baseman I’ve seen play in my lifetime

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Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo

Number one on my list? Anthony Rizzo. I know. He doesn’t have the numbers to match Grace. And Grace kept Shawon Dunston out of a few too many errors. But what he doesn’t have in average? He has in power. A lot of it.

In eight years–we’re not counting San Diego–he’s hit 25+ seven of eight years. And his knocked in 100+ RBI four out of the last five seasons. And the crazy part? He shortens up on his swing. So the way Joey Votto does it? That’s Rizzo. Votto chokes up a little more, but two strikes? Rizzo has his hands up on the bat. He sacrifices power for contact.

Next. Hendricks, his changeup and his ascension to ace. dark

In his career with the Cubs, he’s posted a slash of .273/.373/.488 with a .862 OPS. He’s also posted 217 home runs and 720 RBI, by far the most of this group. By far, Rizzo is ‘home.’ You turn around; he’s there. Even when it’s bad? Rizzo answers the call.