Major League Baseball suspended Anthony Rendon for five games on Monday, three days after videos showed him arguing with a fan in Oakland after the first game between the Angels and the A’s.
Rendon, a 32-year-old player for the Angels, retraced his steps towards a fan seated in an elevated field level section at Oakland Coliseum. The fan was positioned above the Angels’ path from the field to the clubhouse after their 2-1 loss. It appeared that the fan was shouting at the Angels players as they passed by.
Rendon reached out towards the fan, grasping the collar of the person’s clothing, and gestured as if he were about to take a swing at him. However, he then turned and made his way back towards the Angels’ clubhouse, leaving the situation behind.
Rendon will appeal his suspension, which was supposed to start at Seattle on Monday night. He wouldn’t say anything about what happened Saturday, and the Angels said that manager Phil Nevin and other team officials won’t say anything either.
Michael Hill, the vice president of on-field operations for MLB, said that Rendon was fined “for what he did last Thursday with a fan.”