No Punishment Coming for History's Greatest Leadoff Hitter, Anthony Rizzo

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No Punishment Coming for History’s Greatest Leadoff Hitter, Anthony Rizzo

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After a collision at the plate to open up this series with the Padres, MLB informed both teams and Anthony Rizzo that his slide violated Rule 6.01(i)(7.13) requiring that a runner not deviate his path in order to initiate contact with a defender (

MLB determined that Austin Hedges had properly allowed a path to the plate for Rizzo, who instead deviated – in their view – and initiated contact with Hedges. I still debate just how much Rizzo deviated his path in order to initiate contact (as opposed to choosing in a split second not to deviate his path and avoid contact), but MLB has the final say.

Rizzo, who spoke with MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre about the incident, will not be subject to any punishment from MLB because there was no malicious intent (

That’s good, because Rizzo has more incredible leadoff feats to pull off. Last night, he homered to open things up for the Cubs, reaching base in his seventh straight leadoff opportunity since moving into the role a week ago. At this point, by any objective measure, Rizzo has cemented himself as History’s Greatest Leadoff Hitter:

Rizzo is happy to talk himself up, telling ESPN: “I’m sure my teammates are starting to get a little tired of it because I’m constantly in their ears. Non-stop, telling them, ‘Make sure you don’t miss it.'”

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

MBD was there to get a perfectly-timed shot of the blast (although given what Rizzo’s done, you pretty much know he’ll do something picture-worthy in that first plate appearance):

After the homer last night, I had a little fun when a segment of Baseball Twitter started giving me grief about History’s Greatest Leadoff Hitter:

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Author: Brett Taylor

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