Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon was fined and suspended for physical contact with a fan during a match against Oakland Athletics, MLB announced.
MLB announced on Monday the news that Rendon has been banned for five consecutive games and fined an undetermined amount. Sources later confirmed to USA Today, MLB.com, and ESPN that MLB as well as the MLB Players Association negotiated and reduced his suspension from five to four games.
The video appeared to show Rendon holding the fan’s jersey in the crowd. Rendon the MLB superstar shouting “What do you think? You called me a ****, yeah, you did mom F *****.”
The fan was insistent that there was no verbal abuse exchanged, even though the reaction was not a great one, it was a sour one from Rendon and he’s been suspended for his indiscreet behavior.
“It sucked,” Rendon declared on Monday, as he dealt with the issue. “My emotions got the best of me. I’m usually pretty good about interacting with fans … have fun with it. But the gentleman [and I], we spoke on the phone, and we both apologized about what had happened. And so we’re both ready to move forward.”
This suspension is enforced immediately.
The incident happened shortly after the Angels’ first-day defeat at Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics the previous Thursday night in Oakland, Calif.
Rendon was walking along the dugout on his way to the tunnel to the clubhouse when he came across a stop on the route. He turned his back to his stands and grabbed a person with his shirt. The man then engaged in conversation with the man and swung his hand at him. However, he did not strike a deal.
Rendon later left the scene. The footage from the incident was shared via social networks.
“It sucked,” Rendon spoke to reporters shortly before the Angels played against the Seattle Mariners this morning in Seattle.
“My emotions got the best of me. I’m usually pretty good about interacting with fans. … We spoke on the phone, and we both apologized for what had happened. And so we’re both ready to move forward.”
The veteran infielder was three-for-three in the first day’s loss. He’s 0 for 6 in his eight plate appearances in two games in the season. Rendon signed a 7-year $245 million deal for the Angels in the year 2019. The annual salary for Rendon is $38.5 million, which will continue until 2026.
Rendon played one game in his suspension on Monday night. The Angels (3-1) will play Seattle Mariners (1-4) starting at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday in Seattle.
Anthony Rendon’s suspension was reduced to 4 games by MLB Appeal dismissed
SEATTLE (AP) SEATTLE (AP) -SEATTLE (AP) – Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon says he is dropping his appeal following the suspension was reduced by just four games from four by Major League Baseball for his incident with a fan the previous week.
Rendon spoke shortly before the Angels began a game at Seattle the night before. He stated that the league had negotiated that he would be suspended for five to four games. The initial suspension of five games was imposed by MLB senior vice president Michael Hill earlier Monday and the appeal made by Rendon was granted immediately.
Rendon’s suspension starts with the game on Monday and he’ll miss throughout the series against Seattle.
“It sucks. My emotions got the best of me. I’m usually pretty good about interacting with fans. Always like to chirp back at them, kind of have fun with it,” Rendon stated in his first remarks on the incident.
Rendon was seen grabbing one of the fans by the shirt through the bleacher’s guardrails after Thursday night’s loss 2-1 at Oakland. Rendon appears like he grabbed the shirt of the fan close to his chest via the railing’s bars and then exchanged remarks with him, before taking an ad-lib at the back of the man’s ballcap before going into the tunnel.
A video shows the fan, who was dressed in A’s colors, walking up to the railing, as Rendon is seen turning towards the tunnel from below. Rendon takes the man’s shirt and asks what he said earlier and accuses the fan of calling him a sexist word before taking a swipe at his ballcap.
Rendon stated that he had spoken to the fan over the phone earlier on Monday.
“We both apologized for what had happened. We’re both ready to move forward,” Rendon stated.
Rendon was originally listed as a player to play for the Angels on Monday night, but he later decided to begin the suspension when the suspension was reduced. Rendon will also miss his home opener against Toronto. Angels’ first game of the season at home, against Toronto.
Luis Rengifo moved into the starting lineup, and Gio Urshela was promoted to third base, with Rendon out.
“He’s a great leader on our team. He’s accepted responsibility as a good leader and person would and we move on from it,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said.