Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman left 17 people dead yesterday. Rizzo takes batting practice at the school in the offseason and is friends with many members of the school’s faculty and coaching staff, including football coach Aaron Feis, who was killed while shielding students from the shooter.
In the wake of the shooting yesterday, Rizzo tweeted about it:
Today, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Rizzo has left Cubs camp to go to Parkland to be with family, friends and to lend support to the community in its time of need:
Rizzo was baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award winner in 2017, which is given for a player’s community involvement and contributions off the field. He is not resting on his laurels.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”