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Anthony Rizzo Reveals Favorite Player Growing Up and It's a Stunner

Max Staley
Anthony Rizzo's childhood favorite player is a bit of a surprising pick.
Anthony Rizzo's childhood favorite player is a bit of a surprising pick. / Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
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Anthony Rizzo is one of the most dangerous hitters in the MLB. A three-time All-Star, Rizzo has clubbed at least 25 home runs in six consecutive seasons now, maintaining a batting average of at least .270 in each season as well.

And speaking with Andy Frye, of Forbes, the Cubs' slugger recently revealed who his favorite childhood player was. Like many kids of his generation, Rizzo's favorite player was MLB legend Gary Sheffield.

I watched a lot of Marlins growing up and the Yankees too. My favorite players were Gary Sheffield, especially when he played for the Marlins (1993-1998) and I love Derek Jeter, obviously, and his time with the Yankees.

Anthony Rizzo

It's hard to blame Rizzo for loving Sheffield back then. After all, he had one of the most iconic batting stances in MLB history. It's also no surprise to learn Rizzo was a Derek Jeter fan, as most kids were during The Captain's prime.

Rizzo looks primed for yet another stellar campaign, and if he can take a little inspiration from legends like Jeter and Sheffield, he could be headed for a career year.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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