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* Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo will find out whether they have won Gold Gloves on Tuesday. ESPN2 will unveil the winners on a special “Baseball Tonight” show, starting at 7 p.m. CT. Both of the Cubs infielders are finalists for the top defensive award. Barney is vying for his second, and competing against the Reds’ Brandon Phillips and the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis.
* Tickets are still available for the 2014 Cubs Convention, to be held Jan. 17-19 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Go to Cubs.com for more information.
* Rizzo will host his second “Walk Off for Cancer” on Dec. 15 at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. Rizzo will celebrate five years of being cancer free. Registration is limited to 1,000 people, and costs $30 per person. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $100,000. For more information, go to http://www.Rizzo44.com.
* Cubs Minor League hitting coordinator Anthony Iapoce will hold a baseball clinic for boys and girls ages 9-13 on Dec. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, at Queens College, New York. Kids will get two hours of hitting, plus lessons on fielding, throwing and base running. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney and first baseman Anthony Rizzo are finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove award, announced Friday. Barney, who ousted Brandon Phillips last year to win his first Gold Glove, is one of three National League finalists along with the Reds’ second baseman and the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis. Barney led the NL in fielding percentage. Phillips won the award in 2008, ’10 and ’11. At first base, the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez is vying for his third Gold Glove and first since 2009 (he also won in ’08). The other finalist is the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschimidt.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday at 6 p.m. during a one-hour ESPN2 “Baseball Tonight” show.
Anthony Rizzo has now been cancer free for five years and you can celebrate the anniversary with the Cubs first baseman and help a good cause by taking part in his second Walk Off for Cancer on Dec. 15 at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. The event includes a 5K walk, entertainment, refreshments from local merchants, a raffle and guest appearances. This is a family friendly event, so everyone is welcome.
Registration is available for $30 per person until 10 p.m. ET on Dec. 14. It’s best to register online at http://www.Rizzo44.com, and the fee includes access to food and beverages, a T-shirt, and a Rizzo Family Foundation wristband.
If you can’t attend the walk, you can still donate to Rizzo’s foundation. Go to http://www.Rizzo44.com for more information.
In 2008, Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while in the Red Sox Minor League system. He underwent six months of chemotherapy, and after passing the tests, made a personal commitment to help others. His first Walk Off for Cancer last year raised more than $100,000. He also hosted a “Cook Off for Cancer” in August in Chicago, which raised more than $150,000. Rizzo is the Cubs’ Roberto Clemente nominee this year as well.
– Carrie Muskat
* Anthony Rizzo doubled in his first at-bat in the first to become the first Cubs left-handed hitter to reach 40 doubles since Mark Grace had 41 doubles in 2000. Rizzo finished with 65 extra-base hits this season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter since Mark Grace had that many in 1999.
“I’m going to take a lot of positives out of this year,” Rizzo said. “The only thing people are going to ride me on is the average but things could’ve been different there. Things didn’t go my way sometimes but that’s the game of baseball. I’m not happy about that at all but I’m going into the offseason pretty confident I can hit .300 and do all the other things as well.”
Rizzo, who finished with a .233 average in his first full season, and Nate Schierholtz (32 doubles) are the first Cubs left-handed hitting teammates to each reach 30 doubles in the same season since Jacque Jones (32 doubles) and Juan Pierre (31 doubles) in 2006.
In May, Rizzo signed a seven-year, $41 million contract extension. That didn’t affect his hitting.
“One of the goals at the beginning of this year and it was the same last year was to be the starting first baseman for the Cubs,” Rizzo said. “Obviously, now it’ll be for a few more years. Like I said when I signed it, it’s security. I get to play baseball and don’t have to worry about anything else except playing baseball.”
* Shortstop Starlin Castro totaled 666 at-bats, tops in the National League. Baltimore’s Manny Machado led the Majors with 667 at-bats.
* The Cubs finished 25-51 against the NL Central, matching the Astros for the lowest winning percentage by any team in its own division. Chicago went 7-12 against St. Louis, 5-14 against Cincinnati, 6-13 against Milwaukee, and 7-12 against Pittsburgh. It’s the first time they’ve finished with double-digit losses against four teams since 2002.
– Carrie Muskat
* The Cubs’ 66-95 record through 161 games this season is a six-win improvement on the 60-101 record they had through 161 games last year. The team finished 2012 at 61-101. This season, the Cubs have a minus 83 run differential through 161 games compared to a minus 147 differential through 161 games in 2012 (minus 146 through 162 games). Imagine what the record would be if they hadn’t blown as many saves.
* With a 3.99 team ERA heading into the season finale Sunday, the Cubs have a chance to become one of three teams this season to have at least 95 losses yet also post a sub-4.00 ERA, joining the White Sox (3.98 ERA) and Marlins (3.73 ERA). However, there had been only four other teams in all of baseball in the last 25 seasons to post both of those marks: the 2011 and 2010 Mariners, the 1992 Dodgers, and the 1989 Braves.
The only time in franchise history the Cubs saw a team reach 95 losses and also post a sub-4.00 team ERA was in 1980, when the club went 64-98 with a 3.89 ERA.
* Anthony Rizzo (39 doubles) and Nate Schierholtz (30 doubles) have become the first Cubs left-handed hitting teammates to each reach 30 doubles in the same season since Jacque Jones (32 doubles) and Juan Pierre (31 doubles) in 2006. With one more double, Rizzo would become the first Cubs left-handed hitter to reach 40 doubles since Mark Grace had 41 doubles in 2000.
Rizzo has 64 extra-base hits this season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter since Grace had 65 in 1999. Rizzo’s 64 extra-base hits rank tied for fifth among NL batters.
Edwin Jackson’s final start of the season ended sooner than expected. Jackson was pulled after 2 2/3 innings in the Cubs’ 6-2 loss Saturday to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium because of discomfort in his right side. The only good news is that he’ll have a few months to heal.
“It’s just a crazy year, man,” said Jackson, who will likely finish as the Major League leader in losses with 18. “If I had the answer, I would’ve changed a long time ago. It’s one of those years where you forget it but still learn from it. It was a [bad] year to sum it up. There’s a lot of things to take from it.”
The Cardinals continued to tune up for the postseason. Matt Holliday hit a two-run home run and Yadier Molina drove in two runs off Jackson to back Adam Wainwright in front of 42,520 fans. St. Louis clinched the National League Central title with a 7-0 win on Friday night, and now is battling Atlanta to determine the top seed in the NL playoffs.
The Cubs lost for the 13th time in their last 17 games, and are simply trying to wrap up a disappointing season in which they will finish last in the division.
“We only have nine innings left this year,” said Anthony Rizzo, who hit his 23rd home run leading off the ninth. “Hopefully, those nine innings get us going and we can go into the offseason on a high note.”
With one out in the St. Louis third, Jackson walked two batters, and both scored on Molina’s double. One out later, Pete Kozma hit a ground-rule double that bounced into the Cubs’ bullpen, and Jackson intentionally walked Adron Chambers to face Wainwright, who hit a RBI single. Cubs manager Dale Sveum and athletic trainer PJ Mainville then went to the mound, and Jackson was pulled after 65 pitches. The right-hander said the problem began when he was warming up and continued as the game progressed.
“He hasn’t had the year he wanted or anything like that but [Travis Wood] has pitched really good and [his record is] under .500,” Sveum said. “[Jackson] has kept us in some games. He’s been a .500 pitcher his whole career. Obviously, you don’t want losses, but at the same time, the games we’ve been in, we don’t seem to win or get a lead.”
Since Jackson reported to Mesa, Ariz., for Spring Training, he’s been asked about the four-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Cubs, his first long-term deal. Maybe his struggles were related to putting too much pressure on himself with a new team?
“He handles everything really well and he’s ready to come back next year and prove himself,” Sveum said. “I think a lot of things go into it pressure-wise — you get a contract like that, you’re with a new team. I think next year he’ll be a lot more comfortable and settle in and have a good year.”
That’s the goal, Jackson said.
“I don’t feel like I pressed as far as playing,” Jackson said. “There were times when I was over analyzing things and thinking too much and not allowing myself to go out and do what I’m capable of doing athletically. As far as pressure with the new contract and new team and all that, I didn’t feel like there was a lot of pressure.
“When you’re not pitching well, it’s easy to make excuses and point out things that could be happening,” he said. “It’s the craziest year I’ve had in baseball for a long time. You just look forward the working in the offseason and coming back and turning it around.”
The Cubs avoided being shutout for a second straight game when they tallied in the ninth against Edward Mujica. Rizzo led off with his first home run since Sept. 13 and second of the month. J.C. Boscan doubled and scored one out later on Donnie Murphy’s double.
On Sunday, the Cubs close the 2013 season. The players will head home, and Sveum will find out if he’s coming back next year on Monday.
“At the end of the day, the manager can’t play for us,” Jackson said. “The 25 guys who go on the field, we have to produce and play baseball like we know we can. I think we’re capable of doing that. It takes everyone to believe we can win games and go out and play like that.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs scored three runs in the eighth to post a 3-1 victory Saturday over the Braves, and force Atlanta to wait a little longer before clinching the NL East division. The Braves’ magic number is one. Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double, Dioner Navarro smacked a RBI single and Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth for the win. Pedro Strop pitched the ninth for his first save of the season. Carlos Villanueva got the win in relief of starter Travis Wood, who gave up one run over seven-plus innings. It was Wood’s 24th quality start. Wood is one inning shy of 200, and will get that in his next start Friday against the Cardinals.
Rizzo’s double was his 62nd extra base hit, the most by a left-handed Cubs batter since Corey Patterson’s 63 in 2004. Villanueva is now 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his last eight relief appearances.
The Braves may stay at Wrigley Saturday night to celebrate. They clinch the division if the Nationals lose to the Marlins
“One day, hopefully that will be us and we’ll move forward from there,” Wood said of the Braves.
– Carrie Muskat
Gold Glove ballots will be distributed this week. Here’s a look at recent or season-long defensive accomplishments by qualifying Cubs defenders:
* Welington Castillo leads all Major League catchers with a 2.5 defensive WAR (2.5) this season.
* Anthony Rizzo leads all ML first basemen in defensive WAR (0.6) and leads all National League first basemen with an .900 ultimate zone rating. Rizzo ranks second in the league with a .996 fielding percentage this season.
* Darwin Barney leads all National League second basemen in defensive WAR (1.4), and has made only four errors this season, by far the fewest by any everyday second baseman. Barney’s .993 fielding percentage is far and away the best in the National League. He began this season with a 71-game errorless streak and takes an active 41-game errorless streak into tonight’s game.
* Starlin Castro has made four errors in his last 72 games starting June 26. He has an .882 ultimate zone rating during that span, second-best among NL shortstops, and a .988 fielding percentage, also second-best among league shortstops in that span.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is the team’s nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente award. Tuesday marks the 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by MLB to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local club nominees of the award. The annual Roberto Clemente Award recognizes a MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
“It’s really an honor,” Rizzo said Monday. “It’s something that Roberto did his entire career. For him to do what he did and establish his name, it’s pretty cool to be associated with that and all the guys who have won over the years.”
Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma when he was 18 years old and in the Minor Leagues, and beat it. This December, he will hold his second five-kilometer walk a thon to celebrate five years since he was cancer free.
“Being sick, this is something we wanted to do right away,” he said of his Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. “Being here and having the opportunity to be more than just a baseball player who plays baseball and that’s it, it’s cool.”
“Being nominated for this is really an honor to me and my family because they’ve helped me through everything in life,” he said.
Rizzo will be recognized for his nomination before the Cubs’ Sept. 23 game against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. His foundation will be presented a $7,500 grant as a result of his nomination for this award.
Beginning Tuesday, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Oct. 6. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 World Series.
Rizzo, diagnosed in April 2008 with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, decided when he was hospitalized that he wanted to help children and their families. In 2012, he created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, and last December, hosted the first “Walk Off for Cancer” in his hometown of Parkland, Fla. The event raised more than $100,000. In August this year, Rizzo and his foundation staged its first event in Chicago, a “Cook Off for Cancer” featuring local chefs presenting their take on traditional ballpark food. It was a success as the foundation received more than $150,000 in donations.
– Carrie Muskat
* Anthony Rizzo leads all Major League first basemen in defensive war (0.6) and leads all National League first basemen with an .899 ultimate zone rating. Rizzo is second in the league with a .996 fielding percentage this season.
* Darwin Barney leads all Major League second basemen in defensive war (1.4), and has made only four errors this season. His .993 fielding percentage is far and away the best in the NL. Barney began the season with a 71-game errorless streak and takes an active 39-game errorless streak into tonight’s game.
* Starlin Castro has made four errors in his last 70 games starting June 26. He has an .879 ultimate zone rating during that span, second-best among NL shortstops, and a .987 fielding percentage, third-best among league shortstops in that span. However, Castro does rank 10th among NL shortstops with a .971 fielding percentage for the season, and has committed the most errors (18).