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Anthony Rizzo, Star Third Baseman

Chicago Cubs Highlights, Cubs Humor

With Kris Bryant out of the game for the 9th inning last night, and the Cubs out of bench players, Joe Maddon – who was probably salivating at the idea – had to get really creative to cover up his defense.


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At first, I thought he was just having a little fun with a veteran in a blowout, but then I quickly did the math and realize, oh, no, this is actually necessary: Anthony Rizzo was playing third base.

As a corner infielder, there are, of course, some similarities between third and first, and the demands – in terms of fielding and throwing – are actually similar. But the huge difference, of course, is that Rizzo is left-handed, which you do not see in the infield outside of first base.

Like, almost ever:

But, you know Rizzo. He’s always up to the task:

From the best leadoff hitter in history to the best third baseman in history:

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see Rizzo make a play, but I think we all know how it would have played out. “This is going to be a tough play … Rizzo! … THE CUBS BEAT THE REDS!”


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As for Bryant, he’d better start thinking about the possibility he’s gonna get Wally Pipp’d:

How about this factoid: since Rizzo has also been a second baseman this season by virtue of the team’s bunt defense, he’s the first lefty to play second and third base in a season since Wee Willie Keeler in 1901 (Sun-Times). Truly, Rizzo is breaking the mold.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.