Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly under police investigation following an altercation with a fan after their Opening Day loss to the Oakland Athletics, according to TMZ.
Rendon got in a physical confrontation with the fan. He is seen grabbing the fans jacket, using profane language before appearing to take a swing at his face.
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The confrontation comes as the Angels were headed to the clubhouse after suffering a close 2-1 loss where Rendon struggled at the plate.
Rendon finished the game 0-for-3, striking out two times. He did make it on base once with a base-on-balls, but he was definitely not pleased with his Opening Day performance. This could suggest why he became so hostile with the A's fan after the game.
Starting out the season on the wrong foot is exactly what he and the rest of the Angels' faithful didn't want to see from him after his recent output. The oft-injured Rendon hasn't yet played 100 games since arriving in Anaheim in 2020.
When he joined the Angels, Rendon was coming off the best year of his career with the Washington Nationals in 2019. He had a slash of .319/.412/.598 that season, including 34 home runs and 126 RBIs. In his Angels career, he hasn't posted numbers anywhere near those totals.
The Angels brought in MLB journeyman Gio Urshela in a trade with the Minnesota Twins this off-season, so Rendon is undoubtedly feeling the heat. If he doesn't return to his Nationals form anytime soon, his playing time could take a severe hit.
Before his play digs into his time on the field, a punishment from the MLB might put him on the bench first. The league office certainly will not be happy to see one of their players put hands on a paying fan.