Angels’ Anthony Rendon agrees to 4-game ban for fan incident

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Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon accepted a four-game suspension for his role in an altercation with a fan Thursday night in a road game against the Oakland Athletics.

He began serving the ban on Monday when the Angels faced the host Seattle Mariners. Earlier Monday, Major League Baseball initially banded Rendon a five-game suspension, but after he discussed appealing the punishment, a settlement was reached.

The incident occurred shortly after the final out of the Angels’ 2-1 loss at the Oakland Coliseum on Opening Day.

In a video of the incident, Rendon grabs the fan’s shirt through a railing in Oakland and accuses him of calling him a “b—.” The fan denied the name-calling and Rendon called him a “mother—er” and took a swipe at him but missed.

Rendon addressed the incident with the media for the first time on Monday after agreeing to the four-game ban.

“It sucked,” Rendon said of his exchange with the fan. “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.”

Rendon, 32, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk on Thursday. He has appeared in two games this season and is hitless in six at-bats with one RBI.

Rendon has been a disappointment for the Angels as he begins the fourth season of a seven-year, $245 million deal. He has just 20 homers and 90 RBIs and a .249 average in 159 games over three seasons plus the two 2023 appearances.

Last season, a wrist injury helped limit Rendon to 47 games. He batted .229 with five homers and 24 RBIs.

–Field Level Media

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