Cubs' Anthony Rizzo calls for shorter MLB regular season

Anthony Rizzo, who came off the disabled list to start Tuesday night, is lobbying for a reduction in the length of the season.

Rizzo batted third and played first base Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs hosted the St. Louis Cardinals. He was expected to be activated Monday, though the day's postponed game delayed the move.

Rizzo was placed on the DL last week with back discomfort, a malady he blamed on subpar sleeping conditions at the team hotel in Cincinnati. He vowed to sleep on the floor for future road trips to Cincinnati.

Before the game Tuesday, Rizzo said in his weekly appearance on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago, "I think we play too much baseball. Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it's both, but in the long run, it will make everything better. ...

"In a perfect world, we'd start the season later and play a few scheduled doubleheaders going into an off day. As a fan you're going to a baseball game in April, and it's raining, snowing and (with) freezing rain. Is it really that much fun? That's my question."

18 PHOTOS
Inclement weather takes toll on 2018 MLB games
See Gallery
Inclement weather takes toll on 2018 MLB games
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: The grounds crew puts the tarp on the field at the top of the sixth inning due to a rain delay during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: The grounds crew tends to the infield as it rains during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on April 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Hammel heads out to warm up in the bullpen as the grounds crew removes the tarp after a brief rain before action against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Rain falls on a glass window at Citi Field before a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets on April 3, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 03: General view as the tarp covers the field during a rain delay prior to the game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 3, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kansas City Royals fans stay bundled up against the cold and rain during a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday April 14, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 15: General view during a rain delay prior to the game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on April 15, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Apr 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Fans sit in the stands as rain falls during opening day prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Fans sit in the stands wearing ponchos as it rains during the fifth inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; A general view of a tarp on the field at Yankee Stadium as rain falls during opening day prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; A general shot of the grounds crew at Wrigley Field in the snow prior to a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Snow clings to the edge of the grass following overnight flurries before a game between the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The game was postponed because of cold weather. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout stands in the outfield as snow falls in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday April 14, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Angels won, 5-3. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez plays in the snow on Monday, April 9, 2018 on Opening Day at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Ill. The team's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed to Tuesday because of the weather. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez stands on the field as snow falls before the Cubs home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Chicago, Ill. The game was postponed to Tuesday because of the weather. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 6: Colorado Rockies grounds crew use leaf blowers to blow off the snow around the edges of the field on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves on April 6, 2018 Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 6: Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis #35 warm up as snow falls before opening day at Coors Field on April 6, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Rockies play the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon for their 25th anniversary. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 6: Atlanta Braves Arodys Vizcaino #38 takes a photo of the snow before opening day at Coors Field on April 6, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Rockies play the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon for their 25th anniversary. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

He added, "I think playing in the cold sucks. I was thinking about this the other day. When you think of Cubs and Cardinals, you think of a beautiful Saturday at Wrigley Field. You don't think about playing in 20 degrees."

Infielder Efren Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Rizzo on the 25-man roster after Chicago manager Joe Maddon determined Sunday that Rizzo was ready. Maddon said he observed Rizzo's gym workout to make sure he was primed to play every day.

"He looks fine," Maddon said. "I try to trust the guys. I do trust the guys. I ask them questions. When the guys are honest with you, it makes the decision-making so much easier. Mind reading is really difficult."

Rizzo, 28, was batting .107 (3-for-28) with one home run and three RBIs through six games this season before Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

Read Full Story