MESA, Ariz. -- Anthony Rizzo is a big left-handed hitter, and so is Prince Fielder. Who better to ask about Fielder's swing and hitting style than his former coach, Dale Sveum?
Rizzo, the Cubs' highly touted first-base prospect, asked Sveum, now the Cubs manager, about Fielder and Ryan Braun's routines and how they prepare for games.
"Prince Fielder, I want to be like him, as far as hitting goes," Rizzo said. "We talked about the great hitters in the game."
Did anything click?
"There's little things, tweaking little things here and there," Rizzo said. "Every great hitter in this game, going way back, has always had a low to high finish, so it's just little things. It was cool hearing about Prince and Braun."
Sveum, who was the Brewers' hitting coach the last three seasons, said he also told Rizzo to be himself.
"The young man has a lot of ability. But he has to be careful with trying to be perfect and trying to be other people, and worrying about what other people do," Sveum said. "Everybody's built a little different and swings are different. He just needs to play and get at-bats, and understand what hitting is all about and how to use your hands more and things like that. You don't want to be like Braun or Fielder, you want to be like Anthony Rizzo."