Rizzo posted a .278/.387/.512 line with a 145 wRC+ (that means he was 45% better than league average at the plate), and was worth 5.5 WAR. Rizzo was just a tremendously valuable player, and a leader on a young, playoff-bound team.
He was also a lot of fun.
Among the highlights from Rizzo’s season are three wild/weird plays, each of which I’ll never forget (much like his Reds dugout charge from 2014). Maybe you’ve seen them before – repeatedly – but if I know you, I think you don’t mind watching them again.
There was the Jon Lester glove flip to Rizzo, who very smartly and quickly dropped his own glove to receive the throw:
There was the absolutely incredible catch off of the tarp while falling into the stands (which was so wonderful that I hope he never does anything like that again):
And then there was the time Starlin Castro imitated Kris Bryant on a throw to first (aw, Starlin … ) and Rizzo gave him a what-the-eff look:
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