Joe Sample

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Anthony Rizzo’s personal life and charity work showcase a multifaceted individual who has faced personal challenges and is deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of others

Health Struggles: In April 2008, Rizzo was diagnosed with limited state classical Hodgkin lymphoma and in September 2008 was informed that he was in remission.

Marriage: Rizzo proposed to his girlfriend, Emily Vakos after meeting during the Cubs’ spring training in Arizona in 2016. They got married on December 29, 2018, with teammate Kris Bryant serving as one of the groomsmen.

Residence: They currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Charity Work:

Foundation Establishment: In 2012, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation focuses on benefiting cancer research and supporting families affected by the disease.

Donations to Lurie Children’s Hospital: In August 2017, the foundation announced a $3.5 million gift to the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, bringing total donations to the hospital to more than $4 million.

Annual Events: The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation hosts various annual events to raise funds for cancer-related causes, such as cook-offs and walk-offs. These events have consistently raised substantial amounts, with notable contributions to hospitals and families battling cancer


Meet Joe

“Anthony Rizzo”



Throws Left, Bats Left

1st Base, Designated Hitter


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Stats Entry Date: June 15, 2023

Year of High School Graduation: 2007

School: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida 

Height: 6’3″”

Weight: 240

60 Yard Dash: 7.1 Seconds

Home to 1st Base: 4.45 Seconds

Fast Ball Velocity: 87 MPH

Pop Time: 2.4 Seconds

Professional Baseball Career:

Birth and Position: Anthony Vincent Rizzo was born on August 8, 1989. He is an American professional baseball first baseman.

MLB Teams: Rizzo has played for several Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, including:

  • San Diego Padres
  • Chicago Cubs
  • New York Yankees (current team as of the provided information)

All-Star Achievements: Rizzo is a three-time MLB All-Star.

Draft and Minor League Career: He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB draft and became a top prospect in the Red Sox organization. He was traded to the San Diego Padres after the 2010 season as part of a deal that included three other prospects in exchange for All-Star first baseman Adrián González.

MLB Debut: Rizzo made his MLB debut in 2011 with the San Diego Padres.

Development and All-Star Status with Cubs: After being traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2012, Rizzo developed into an All-Star player. He appeared in the All-Star Game three consecutive times, from 2014 through 2016.

Accolades and Achievements:

  • Silver Slugger Award
  • Gold Glove Award
  • Roberto Clemente Award
  • World Series title with the Cubs in 2016

Trade to the Yankees: The Cubs traded Rizzo to the New York Yankees during the 2021 season. Following the 2022 season, he signed a two-year contract with the Yankees, with a club option for a third year, as a free agent.

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