Los Angeles Angels’ third baseman, Anthony Rendon, was suspended and fined by Major League Baseball (MLB) for engaging in a physical altercation with a fan during a game against the Oakland Athletics. The MLB announced that Rendon would be suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount. However, it was later disclosed that his suspension was reduced to four games after negotiations between MLB and the MLB Players Association.
The incident took place after the Angels’ opening day loss to the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California. Rendon was walking through the dugout on his way to the clubhouse tunnel when he stopped and turned towards the stands. He grabbed a man by the shirt and exchanged words with him, but did not make contact. The incident was recorded and later posted on social media.
MLB announced that Rendon’s suspension would be served immediately. Rendon expressed regret over the incident, stating that his emotions got the best of him. He also apologized to the fan involved and indicated that they had both spoken on the phone and were ready to move forward.
Rendon’s Suspension and Annual Salary
The veteran infielder signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels in 2019, and his annual salary is $38.5 million through 2026. Rendon went 0 for 3 in the opening day loss against the Athletics and has not had a hit in the first two games of the season, with eight plate appearances. He served the first game of his suspension on Monday night.
The Angels will face the Seattle Mariners in Seattle on Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. EDT. Despite the suspension, the Angels have started the season 3-1, and Rendon’s absence may provide an opportunity for another player to step up and showcase their skills.