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Anthony Rizzo relishes greater expectations with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Slugger Anthony Rizzo noticed a change in the mood of the Chicago Cubs’ organization well before the hiring of manager Joe Maddon and before Rizzo predicted the Cubs would win the National League Central.
Chicago Tribune Feb 19, 2015

Anthony Rizzo relishes greater expectations with Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Slugger Anthony Rizzo noticed a change in the mood of the Chicago Cubs’ organization well before the hiring of manager Joe Maddon and before Rizzo predicted the Cubs would win the National League Central.

Rizzo first to speak at camp: 'Higher bar' this year

MESA, Ariz. -- On the first day of spring training, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo opted not to up the ante on his winter prediction the team would make the playoffs. Forecasting postseason play for the historically bad Cubs is bold enough. That doesn’t mean he’s backing down either. “The expectations are set at a higher bar this year and we’re all excited for it,” Rizzo said in front of a packed media room at the Under Armour Performance center where the Cubs train.

Fowler, and a little Banks inspiration, could do wonders for Cubs

CHICAGO -- OK, Anthony Rizzo, you have my attention. Same with you, Sporting News. Well, sort of. The aforementioned publication picked the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series in 2015. Some would say that’s bold. I’d call it stupid. Then again, selling papers -- or earning web clicks -- isn't always about what’s smart. The online magazine made that prediction before the Cubs picked up leadoff man Dexter Fowler. Similarly, Cubs first baseman Rizzo declared his team the one to beat in the National League Central Division just days before Fowler was acquired from the Houston Astros...

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