Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon will not be charged in a March 30 incident involving a fan at the Oakland Coliseum. A spokesman for the Oakland Police Department said this week, without naming Rendon, the case was closed.
According to a redacted incident report obtained by The Times, the police department was investigating one assault and one assault. Rendon was not named in the report, but he did list one person wearing an Angels uniform and the location and time of the altercation. The police spokesman also confirmed that no victim has ever come forward.
Two videos of Rendon went viral and showed him grabbing a fan’s jersey and berating the fan who was berating Rendon as the Angels left the field after their season-opening game with the Athletics. Ahead of the next game, Rendon said he could not comment on the incident due to an ongoing investigation, but said he didn’t know if the OPD or Major League Baseball investigation was a cause for concern when asked.
MLB suspended Rendon for four games and fined him an undisclosed amount. The initial suspension was for five games but after Rendon decided to appeal it was reduced by one game.
“My feelings took over,” Rendon told reporters in Seattle after the MLB suspension was announced. “I’m usually pretty good at interacting with fans… enjoy it. But sir, we spoke on the phone and we both apologized for what happened. And so we are both ready to move on.”
Rendon, who has .301 hits in 30 games this season, has also missed time with a left groin strain that put him on the injured list on May 15. He is expected to return at the Angels’ next homestand, which begins Tuesday.