ANTHONY Michael RENDON
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   3B
Home: N/A Team:   Free Agent
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 200 Throws:   R
DOB: 6/6/1990 Agent: Scott Boras
Uniform #: 6  
Birth City: Richmond, TX
Draft: Nationals #1 - 2011 - Out of Rice Univ. (TX)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2011 - signed late                                
2012 EL HARRISBURG   21 68 14 11 3 1 3 3 0 0 11 16 .305 .368 .162
2012 NYP AUBURN   8 27 7 7 2 0 1 3 0 0 4 6 .375 .444 .259
2012 GCL GCL-Nationals   5 11 2 4 1 0 2 6 0 0 3 3 .500 1.000 .364
2012 CAR POTOMAC   9 27 5 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 5 4 .438 .630 .333
2013 IL SYRACUSE   3 11 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .357 .273 .182
2013 EL HARRISBURG   33 116 17 37 11 2 6 24 1 0 30 25 .461 .603 .319
2013 NL NATIONALS   98 351 40 93 23 1 7 35 1 1 31 69 .329 .396 .265
2014 NL NATIONALS $2,700.00 153 613 111 176 39 6 21 83 17 3 58 104 .351 .473 .287
2015 CAR POTOMAC   6 17 2 8 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 .550 .588 .471
2015 EL HARRISBURG   8 24 1 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 .333 .375 .250
2015 NL NATIONALS $2,500.00 80 311 43 82 16 0 5 25 1 2 36 70 .344 .363 .264
2016 NL NATIONALS $2,800.00 156 567 91 153 38 2 20 85 12 6 65 117 .348 .450 .270
2017 NL NATIONALS $5,800.00 147 508 81 153 41 1 25 100 7 2 84 82 .403 .533 .301
2018 CAR POTOMAC   2 8 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .667 .875 .625
2018 NL NATIONALS $12,300.00 136 529 88 163 44 2 24 92 2 1 55 82 .374 .535 .308
2019 NL NATIONALS $18,800.00 146 545 117 174 44 3 34 126 5 1 80 86 .412 .598 .319
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  • Anthony's CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> joked CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> rocks CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pine CLASS="highlight"> cones with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> stick CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> 3 CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> old, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> talent CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> growing CLASS="highlight"> steadily CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> years. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> organized CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> 5, CLASS="highlight"> becoming CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> slugging CLASS="highlight"> prodigy CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> age. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2008, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon graduated CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Lamar CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .570 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 8 CLASS="highlight"> homers, CLASS="highlight"> 56 CLASS="highlight"> RBI, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 13 CLASS="highlight"> steals CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> senior.  CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> track CLASS="highlight"> athlete CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Hodges CLASS="highlight"> Bend CLASS="highlight"> Middle CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2009, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America College CLASS="highlight"> Freshman CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year. CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> graduated CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Lamar CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2008, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .388-20-72 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Rice CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> freshman CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2009.

    And CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> decade, CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America's CLASS="highlight"> College CLASS="highlight"> Player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Year CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> underclassman. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 30-year CLASS="highlight"> history CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> award, CLASS="highlight"> underclassmen CLASS="highlight"> won CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> special CLASS="highlight"> talents CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> long, CLASS="highlight"> successful CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> careers: CLASS="highlight"> sophomores CLASS="highlight"> Robin CLASS="highlight"> Ventura CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Oklahoma CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> (1987), CLASS="highlight"> John CLASS="highlight"> Olerud CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> (1988), CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Mark CLASS="highlight"> Teixeira CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Georgia CLASS="highlight"> Tech CLASS="highlight"> (2000).

    Rice CLASS="highlight"> sophomore CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> baseman CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> fits CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> mold. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> drafted CLASS="highlight"> No. CLASS="highlight"> 1 CLASS="highlight"> overall CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2011, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> numbers CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> match CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> prodigious CLASS="highlight"> talent, CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> .394/.530/.801 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 26 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 85 CLASS="highlight"> RBIs.

  • Houston CLASS="highlight"> Mayor CLASS="highlight"> Annise CLASS="highlight"> Parker CLASS="highlight"> declared CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> 29, CLASS="highlight"> 2010 CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> June CLASS="highlight"> 2011, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the draft CLASS="highlight"> (see CLASS="highlight"> Transactions CLASS="highlight"> below). 

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2012, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> organization, CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper. CLASS="highlight"> And before CLASS="highlight"> 2013 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> camps CLASS="highlight"> opened, CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> moved CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> #1 CLASS="highlight"> spot CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats' CLASS="highlight"> farm CLASS="highlight"> system.

  • Anthony CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> real CLASS="highlight"> passion CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> won't CLASS="highlight"> find CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> fun CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> likes CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> likes CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> practice. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> likes CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> whole CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player.

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> challenging CLASS="highlight"> experiences CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> tagged CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> (by CLASS="highlight"> four CLASS="highlight"> years). CLASS="highlight"> Playing CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> competition CLASS="highlight"> enabled CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> face CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> challenges CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> elevate CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> game.

    "Baseball CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> life," CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> ot CLASS="highlight"> hold CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> glove, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> bat, CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> ball."

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 21, CLASS="highlight"> 2013: Rendon CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> game.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> natural CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player," CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> first-base coach CLASS="highlight"> Tony CLASS="highlight"> Tarasco CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "His CLASS="highlight"> swing CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> easy. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> attitude CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> mellow CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> even. CLASS="highlight"> First CLASS="highlight"> appearances CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> quite CLASS="highlight"> deceiving. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> 5-foot-11, CLASS="highlight"> 185, CLASS="highlight"> 190, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> jumps CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> bat CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> 6-foot-5, CLASS="highlight"> 245. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sweet CLASS="highlight"> swing. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> makes CLASS="highlight"> adjustments CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> at-bat CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> at-bat. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> natural CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> glove. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> comes CLASS="highlight"> effortless CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> him."

    Asked CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> ready CLASS="highlight"> to play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> "There CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> find CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> confident, CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> confident CLASS="highlight"> person—at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> do, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> we'll CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> out."

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> found CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Harrisburg CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> LeCroy. CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> first, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> couldn't CLASS="highlight"> believe CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> scolded CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> skipper. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> everybody CLASS="highlight"> else. CLASS="highlight"> Are CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> serious? CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> believe CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> obviously," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "Then CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> finally CLASS="highlight"> sets CLASS="highlight"> in. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> exciting."

    It CLASS="highlight"> finally CLASS="highlight"> settled CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> arrived CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Citi CLASS="highlight"> Field. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> shared CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> cab CLASS="highlight"> ride CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> teammate Chad CLASS="highlight"> Tracy CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> amazed CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> York CLASS="highlight"> scenery. "We CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> cab CLASS="highlight"> ride CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> 'Dang, CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> happening.' CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> finally CLASS="highlight"> settled CLASS="highlight"> in," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> view. CLASS="highlight"> Being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> New CLASS="highlight"> York, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> sightseeing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> looking CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> window." CLASS="highlight"> (He CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 0-for-4 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> game.)

  • For CLASS="highlight"> Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> full CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> welcome CLASS="highlight"> challenge. Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> split CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> minors CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Majors CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2013, CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 98th CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> August CLASS="highlight"> 10. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> seem CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> huge CLASS="highlight"> number, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> meaningful CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> seen CLASS="highlight"> injuries CLASS="highlight"> cut CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> experience CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> complete CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> season.

    During CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Rice, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> 60 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> per CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> dealt CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> ankle CLASS="highlight"> injuries CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> end CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> freshman CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sophomore CLASS="highlight"> years, CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> junior CLASS="highlight"> campaign CLASS="highlight"> fighting CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> shoulder CLASS="highlight"> problem CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> limited CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> mostly CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> designated CLASS="highlight"> hitter CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> ate CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> production.

    In CLASS="highlight"> 2013, Rendon was CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> Day CLASS="highlight"> 1. "It CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> normal CLASS="highlight"> again," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "It's CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> rehab CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> injury CLASS="highlight"> standpoint."

    Nationals CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> development CLASS="highlight"> Doug CLASS="highlight"> Harris CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> preached CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> importance CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> preparing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> toll CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> season. CLASS="highlight"> And Anthony repeated CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> routine CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> working CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> weight CLASS="highlight"> room CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> spending CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hot CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> cold CLASS="highlight"> tubs. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> calls CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> "maintenance CLASS="highlight"> routine" CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> ankles, CLASS="highlight"> stretching CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> completing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> series CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> exercises CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> effort CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> prevent CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> injury.  (Ladson CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Simon CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 8/11/13)

  • Anthony's CLASS="highlight"> body CLASS="highlight"> fat CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 8.5 CLASS="highlight"> percent CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> reported CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> 2014 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> training. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> deadlift CLASS="highlight"> 505 CLASS="highlight"> pounds CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> trap CLASS="highlight"> bar CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> seven CLASS="highlight"> repetitions. CLASS="highlight"> During CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> offseason, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> trained under CLASS="highlight"> Houston-based CLASS="highlight"> trainer CLASS="highlight"> Ben CLASS="highlight"> Fairchild, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> marvels CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Rendon’s CLASS="highlight"> cat-like CLASS="highlight"> reflexes CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> strength.

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> loved CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> drill CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> Fairchild CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> toss CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> knobs CLASS="highlight"> and, CLASS="highlight"> thus, CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> bounce CLASS="highlight"> unpredictably. CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> catch CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> hand. CLASS="highlight"> To CLASS="highlight"> mimic CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> creeping CLASS="highlight"> shadows CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> afternoon CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> game, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> door CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> sunlight CLASS="highlight"> in. CLASS="highlight"> As CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> shuffled CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> feet, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> legs CLASS="highlight"> spread CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> fielding CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> grounder CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> nabbed CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> ball.

    "I've CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> blessed CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> hand-eye CLASS="highlight"> coordination," CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "That's CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> drills CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> push CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> on. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> thrived CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> pushed CLASS="highlight"> myself CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> game-like CLASS="highlight"> activity."

  • Homecomings CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> fairly CLASS="highlight"> common CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> ballplayers. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> triple-digit CLASS="highlight"> ticket CLASS="highlight"> count CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> crew CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> homecoming? CLASS="highlight"> That's CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> level. That's CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> support CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> infielder CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Houston-area CLASS="highlight"> native CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> Washington's CLASS="highlight"> two-game CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Astros CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Minute CLASS="highlight"> Maid CLASS="highlight"> Park.

    "Maybe CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> 200 CLASS="highlight"> [tickets]," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> friends, CLASS="highlight"> family, CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> Mom's CLASS="highlight"> work—you CLASS="highlight"> name CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> they'll CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> My CLASS="highlight"> Dad CLASS="highlight"> coordinated CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> count CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> high."

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> grew CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> southwest CLASS="highlight"> suburbs CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Houston CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> eventually CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> Lamar CLASS="highlight"> High CLASS="highlight"> School CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> heart CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Houston.

    Clearly, CLASS="highlight"> Houston CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Rendon. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> spent CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> off-day CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> family, CLASS="highlight"> swimming CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> sharing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> dinner CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> relatives CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> town CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> West CLASS="highlight"> Virginia.

    "Just CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> environment CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> used CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> road, CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> street, CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> much. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> cities, CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> worry CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> taxi CLASS="highlight"> drivers CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> park CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> things. CLASS="highlight"> It's CLASS="highlight"> comfortable CLASS="highlight"> here."

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> lives CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> offseason. CLASS="highlight">  (Abshire CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 4/29/14)

  • What CLASS="highlight"> impresses CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> bench CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> Randy CLASS="highlight"> Knorr CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> Rendon's CLASS="highlight"> demeanor. CLASS="highlight"> No CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> slump CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> streak.

    "It's CLASS="highlight"> unbelievable," CLASS="highlight"> Knorr CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> Rendon. CLASS="highlight"> "For CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> business, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> incredible. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> excited, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> laughing. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> excited. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> smiling, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> laughing. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ability—at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> age—to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> past CLASS="highlight"> at-bats."

    Nats CLASS="highlight"> teammate CLASS="highlight"> Adam CLASS="highlight"> LaRoche CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> noted CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> player's CLASS="highlight"> demeanor CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> noting CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> nobody CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> if Anthony CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> 4-for-4 CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> 0-for-4 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> strikeouts.

    LaRoche CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> helps CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> spiritual, CLASS="highlight"> Godly CLASS="highlight"> nature, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> knows CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bigger CLASS="highlight"> picture CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> making CLASS="highlight"> money CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> MLB.

    "He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> perspective CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> outlook CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> life," CLASS="highlight"> LaRoche CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "Whether CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> believe CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> not, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> absolutely CLASS="highlight"> translates CLASS="highlight"> onto CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> performance CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> For CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> up, this CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> life or CLASS="highlight"> death. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> dreamed CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> screw CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> up. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> consume CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> actually CLASS="highlight"> drag CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> down.

    "With CLASS="highlight"> Rendon's CLASS="highlight"> outlook CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> life, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> Whatever CLASS="highlight"> happens, CLASS="highlight"> happens. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pretty CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> recipe CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> All CLASS="highlight"> Star-caliber CLASS="highlight"> player."

    Anthony CLASS="highlight"> credits CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> parents CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> cool, CLASS="highlight"> calm CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> collected. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> fact, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> don't CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> baseball.

    "They CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> me," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> parents. CLASS="highlight"> "You CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> anything CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> you. CLASS="highlight"> There CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> tomorrow. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> also taught me CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> humble. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> loud CLASS="highlight"> people. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> quiet CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> me." (Ladson CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 7/3/14)

  • Rendon CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> flustered, CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> context. CLASS="highlight"> Even CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> suffered CLASS="highlight"> shoulder CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> ankle CLASS="highlight"> injuries CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> selected CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2011 draft, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> felt CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Lord CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> realized CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> any CLASS="highlight"> moment.

    "I'm CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> much, CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> hand," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "God CLASS="highlight"> blessed CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> more. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> guess CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> stay CLASS="highlight"> right, CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> straight."

  • Hitting CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> Rick CLASS="highlight"> Schu said, CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> consistent CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> us, CLASS="highlight"> grinding CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> hits. With CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> line, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> quality CLASS="highlight"> at-bat."

    Regarding CLASS="highlight"> Rendon's CLASS="highlight"> defense, Astros CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Hank CLASS="highlight"> Allen CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> "He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> hands, CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> reaction, CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> reflexes. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> footwork CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> outstanding, CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> plays CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> base CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> base," CLASS="highlight"> Allen CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight">  (Ladson CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 7/3/14)

  • Rendon CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> slip CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> radar CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> baseball.

    Don't CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> wrong CLASS="highlight"> idea, CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> loves CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> large CLASS="highlight"> crowds, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> doesn't CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rock CLASS="highlight"> star CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> LeBron CLASS="highlight"> James.

  • February CLASS="highlight"> 2016 CLASS="highlight"> Q&A CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wishes:

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    2. CLASS="highlight"> Eating CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> Krusty CLASS="highlight"> Krab CLASS="highlight"> pizza.

    3. CLASS="highlight"> Playing CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Ken CLASS="highlight"> Griffey CLASS="highlight"> Jr.

    4. CLASS="highlight"> Starring CLASS="highlight"> alongside CLASS="highlight"> Ken CLASS="highlight"> Griffey CLASS="highlight"> Jr. CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Taylor CLASS="highlight"> Swift CLASS="highlight"> music CLASS="highlight"> video CLASS="highlight"> centered CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> Krusty CLASS="highlight"> Krab CLASS="highlight"> pizza.

    5. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> marathon CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Pictionary.

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 1, CLASS="highlight"> 2016: CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> life CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> Academy. There CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was, CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> pickup CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bunch CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> scholar CLASS="highlight"> athletes. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> part, CLASS="highlight"> helping CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> ground CLASS="highlight"> balls CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> catch CLASS="highlight"> fly CLASS="highlight"> balls. For CLASS="highlight"> Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> unreal. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> decade CLASS="highlight"> ago CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> pickup CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston. CLASS="highlight"> Now CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> sees CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> jerseys.

    "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> amazing CLASS="highlight"> [with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids]. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> saw CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> smiling. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> running CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> racing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> better CLASS="highlight"> watch CLASS="highlight"> out," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said.

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> alone. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> brought CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> Michael CLASS="highlight"> Taylor, CLASS="highlight"> Joe CLASS="highlight"> Ross, CLASS="highlight"> Blake CLASS="highlight"> Treinen CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Ben CLASS="highlight"> Revere. CLASS="highlight"> To CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> happy CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> heroes CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> understatement. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> thrilled.

    Harper CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> first-base CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> teams, CLASS="highlight"> giving CLASS="highlight"> baserunning CLASS="highlight"> tips CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> pointing CLASS="highlight"> others CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> base. CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> guided CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> plate CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> scored CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> runs.

    "[Getting CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> teammates CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> here] CLASS="highlight"> wasn't CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> bad. CLASS="highlight"> You CLASS="highlight"> know, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> tough, CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> early CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> morning, CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> night," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "But CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> cause CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> make, CLASS="highlight"> especially CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> platform CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> have."

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2016, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> Comeback CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> writers.

  • Aug CLASS="highlight"> 10, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> familiar CLASS="highlight"> faces CLASS="highlight"> leading CLASS="highlight"> events CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> promote CLASS="highlight"> youth CLASS="highlight"> activities CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> involvement CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> relishes CLASS="highlight"> participating CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> events CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2017 CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> PLAY CLASS="highlight"> campaign CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> Park.

    The CLASS="highlight"> event, CLASS="highlight"> featuring CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> ranging CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> ages CLASS="highlight"> 5-12, CLASS="highlight"> promotes CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> importance CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> living CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> healthy CLASS="highlight"> lifestyle CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> disability CLASS="highlight"> inclusion. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> rotated CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> stations, CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> educational CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> designed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> prior CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> night's CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Marlins.

    These CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> events CLASS="highlight"> Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> frequent CLASS="highlight"> visitor CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> Academy, CLASS="highlight"> takes CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> chance CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> back.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> definitely CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> enjoy CLASS="highlight"> it," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> kids. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> always CLASS="highlight"> thought CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> 'Why CLASS="highlight"> not?' CLASS="highlight"> I'm CLASS="highlight"> fortunate CLASS="highlight"> enough CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> situation CLASS="highlight"> [to] CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> not, CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> TV CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> us CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> TV. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> did, CLASS="highlight"> watching CLASS="highlight"> basketball CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> looked CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> athletes, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> thing. CLASS="highlight"> There's CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> aren't CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> taking CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> give CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> them? CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> adore CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> whatever CLASS="highlight"> extent, CLASS="highlight"> I've CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> show CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> care CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> well."

    Once CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> action CLASS="highlight"> began, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> split CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> stations: CLASS="highlight"> Sammy CLASS="highlight"> Solis CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> group CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bullpen CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pitching CLASS="highlight"> station; CLASS="highlight"> strength CLASS="highlight"> coaches CLASS="highlight"> Matt CLASS="highlight"> Eiden CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Brett CLASS="highlight"> Henry CLASS="highlight"> led CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> agility CLASS="highlight"> station; CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> athletic CLASS="highlight"> trainer CLASS="highlight"> Greg CLASS="highlight"> Barajas CLASS="highlight"> did CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> infield CLASS="highlight"> work; CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Ryan CLASS="highlight"> Raburn CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> head CLASS="highlight"> athletic CLASS="highlight"> trainer CLASS="highlight"> Dale CLASS="highlight"> Gilbert CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> fly CLASS="highlight"> balls CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> group.

    "Just CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> couches CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> video CLASS="highlight"> games," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "Just CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> promote CLASS="highlight"> activity. CLASS="highlight"> Obviously CLASS="highlight"> that's CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> for." CLASS="highlight"> (J CLASS="highlight"> Collier CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> Aug CLASS="highlight"> 12, CLASS="highlight"> 2017)

  • Anthony CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> 2017 CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> routine CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same, CLASS="highlight"> which CLASS="highlight"> undersells CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> major CLASS="highlight"> changes CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> took CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> winter. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> married CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> November CLASS="highlight"> 2017; CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> volunteered CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> non-profit CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> Rebuilding CLASS="highlight"> Together CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> rebuild CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston CLASS="highlight"> devastated CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> Hurricane CLASS="highlight"> Harvey; CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> most CLASS="highlight"> notable CLASS="highlight"> change CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> able CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> year—he CLASS="highlight"> cut CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hair CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> since CLASS="highlight"> 2016.

    "Oh, CLASS="highlight"> man, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> long," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> maintain. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> either CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> product CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> wear CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> hat. CLASS="highlight"> So CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> over CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> curly."  CLASS="highlight"> Other CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> change CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> appearance, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> reason CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> everything CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> best CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017.  

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> enjoys CLASS="highlight"> feeling CLASS="highlight"> comfortable. CLASS="highlight"> Perhaps CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> prefer CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> routine, CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> went.  CLASS="highlight"> "It CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> same CLASS="highlight"> thing," CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> worked CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> morning, CLASS="highlight"> golfed CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> afternoon, CLASS="highlight"> laid CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> couch. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> didn't CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> much. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> try CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> simple."  CLASS="highlight"> (Collier CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> mlb.com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> 2/22/18)

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 26-29, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> paternity CLASS="highlight"> list.

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 29-31, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> family CLASS="highlight"> medical CLASS="highlight"> leave CLASS="highlight"> list.  CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> paternity CLASS="highlight"> list CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> wife, CLASS="highlight"> Amanda, CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> birth CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> child, CLASS="highlight"> Emma.

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> selected CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> replaced CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> Max CLASS="highlight"> Muncy CLASS="highlight"> due CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> injury.

    NATIONALS CLASS="highlight"> YOUTH CLASS="highlight"> BASEBALL CLASS="highlight"> ACADEMY

  • July CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: It’s CLASS="highlight"> Anthony's CLASS="highlight"> turn CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pitch, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> strolls CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> middle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> blue CLASS="highlight"> shorts, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> grey CLASS="highlight"> V-neck CLASS="highlight"> T-shirt CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> backwards CLASS="highlight"> cap, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> keeps CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> sunglasses CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> entire CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> hardly CLASS="highlight"> hide CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> wide, CLASS="highlight"> toothy CLASS="highlight"> smile CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> face CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> grabs CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> yellow CLASS="highlight"> rubber CLASS="highlight"> baseballs. A CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> adjacent CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> chain CLASS="highlight"> link CLASS="highlight"> fence, CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> batting CLASS="highlight"> helmet, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> presses CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> face CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fence.

    “Hi, CLASS="highlight"> Mr. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> screams, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> voice CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> from, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> rushes CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> field, CLASS="highlight"> returning CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> place CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> on-deck CLASS="highlight"> circle CLASS="highlight"> again.

    Later CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> night, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> American CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> beat CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> League, CLASS="highlight"> 4-3, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Cleveland. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> invited CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> seven-year CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> career. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> yet, CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is, CLASS="highlight"> 400 CLASS="highlight"> miles CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> southeast CLASS="highlight"> D.C., CLASS="highlight"> spending CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> Academy.

    “Why CLASS="highlight"> y’all CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bench?” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> calls CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> dugout.

    About CLASS="highlight"> 20-25 CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy’s CLASS="highlight"> scholar CLASS="highlight"> athletes CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> organized CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> scrimmage. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> clear CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> blast, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> Rendon.

    One CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> jumps CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> mound CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> uncork CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> pitch CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ground. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> waits CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> throw CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> pitch CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> lying CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> on-deck CLASS="highlight"> circle. CLASS="highlight"> At CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> point, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> looks CLASS="highlight"> behind CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> realizes CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> defense CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> abandoned CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> When CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> too CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> base, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> tries CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> pick CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> off, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> sprints CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> plate.

    “Where’s CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> catcher? CLASS="highlight"> Where’s CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> catcher?” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> yells CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> slides CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> safely CLASS="highlight"> ahead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> throw CLASS="highlight"> home.

    “You've CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> speed,” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> play, CLASS="highlight"> offering CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fist CLASS="highlight"> bump CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> regains CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> breath. CLASS="highlight"> “You've CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> speed. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that.”

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    It’s CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> appreciate CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> All-Star. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> joked CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> wanting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> almost CLASS="highlight"> openly CLASS="highlight"> campaigned CLASS="highlight"> against CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> named CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> now-obsolete CLASS="highlight"> Final CLASS="highlight"> Vote CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2017. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> drew CLASS="highlight"> closer, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reconsider. CLASS="highlight"> Doubt CLASS="highlight"> began CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> creep CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> mind: CLASS="highlight"> “What CLASS="highlight"> happens CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> one?” CLASS="highlight"> Teammate CLASS="highlight"> Ryan CLASS="highlight"> Zimmerman CLASS="highlight"> encouraged CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> experience CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> least CLASS="highlight"> once. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> realizes CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> fully CLASS="highlight"> healthy, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> acknowledges CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> necessarily CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> scene CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fly CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> radar CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> relax CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> days.

    Since CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> injured CLASS="highlight"> list CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bruised CLASS="highlight"> elbow CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> May CLASS="highlight"> 7, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> started CLASS="highlight"> 58 CLASS="highlight"> straight CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals, CLASS="highlight"> including CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> three CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> break. CLASS="highlight"> For CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> month, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> hamstring/quad CLASS="highlight"> injury. CLASS="highlight"> Yet CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> production CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> hardly CLASS="highlight"> suffered CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> stretch. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> deserves CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> credit CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> anyone CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> helping CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> climb CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> early-season CLASS="highlight"> hole.

    And CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> heard CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> busy CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> schedule CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> players CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game—the CLASS="highlight"> events CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> appearances, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> media CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Home CLASS="highlight"> Run CLASS="highlight"> Derby, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> parade, CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> extra CLASS="highlight"> stuff CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> usually CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> avoid. 

  • “I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> messed CLASS="highlight"> up,” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> leaning CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> legs CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> chair CLASS="highlight"> inside CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> conference CLASS="highlight"> room CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> baseball. CLASS="highlight"> Like CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> love CLASS="highlight"> playing, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> at—I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> enjoy CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> media CLASS="highlight"> part CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> enjoy CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> aspects CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> business CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> can, CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> backyard CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> baseball, CLASS="highlight"> I’d CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> happiest CLASS="highlight"> kid CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> world.”

    Only CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> handful CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> world CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> does CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> field. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> yet CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> uncomfortable CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> treat CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> differently CLASS="highlight"> because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> He’s CLASS="highlight"> skeptical CLASS="highlight"> even CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> claim CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> player: CLASS="highlight"> “It’s CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> brainwashing. CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> hear CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> ‘Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon.'" 

  • When CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> seven, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> tagged CLASS="highlight"> along CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> Astros CLASS="highlight"> game CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> older CLASS="highlight"> brother CLASS="highlight"> David’s CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Astrodome CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> remembers CLASS="highlight"> waiting CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> everyone CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> autographs. CLASS="highlight"> Jeff CLASS="highlight"> Bagwell CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Craig CLASS="highlight"> Biggio CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> passed CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> signing CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Bill CLASS="highlight"> Spiers CLASS="highlight"> stopped CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> crowd. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> admits CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> didn’t CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> Spiers CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> then, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> stuck CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> excited CLASS="highlight"> everyone CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> suddenly CLASS="highlight"> became. CLASS="highlight"> Whoever CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> guy CLASS="highlight"> was, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> must CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> important.

    “Give CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> sign,” CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> Rendon.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> anything,” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> responded, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> grabbed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> of: CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hat CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> Little CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> team, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Marlins. CLASS="highlight"> Spiers CLASS="highlight"> grabbed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> hat CLASS="highlight"> without CLASS="highlight"> seeing CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> then CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> paused, CLASS="highlight"> dumbfounded.

    “A CLASS="highlight"> Marlins CLASS="highlight"> hat? CLASS="highlight"> Who CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Marlins CLASS="highlight"> hat?” CLASS="highlight"> Spiers CLASS="highlight"> said.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> like, CLASS="highlight"> 'I’m CLASS="highlight"> sorry,'" CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “It’s CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> have.”

    Rendon CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> Marlins CLASS="highlight"> hat. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> laughed CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> considered CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> react CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> present CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> Park CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> gave CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Marlins CLASS="highlight"> hat CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> sign. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> yet CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> later, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> memory CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> sticks CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him.

    “Thinking CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> impact CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> kids,” CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “And CLASS="highlight"> realizing CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> having CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> understanding CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player, CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> whether CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> or CLASS="highlight"> not. CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> recognition, CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> bring CLASS="highlight"> attention, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> might CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> do CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> instead CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> climbing CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> rock, CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> [do].”

  • In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> summer CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> 2015, CLASS="highlight"> then-Nats CLASS="highlight"> shortstop CLASS="highlight"> Ian CLASS="highlight"> Desmond CLASS="highlight"> introduced CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Tal CLASS="highlight"> Alther, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> chief CLASS="highlight"> executive CLASS="highlight"> officer CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Academy. CLASS="highlight"> Desmond CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals’ CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> rep CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> final CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> writing CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> wall CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wouldn’t CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> returning CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> D.C.

    So CLASS="highlight"> Desmond CLASS="highlight"> recruited CLASS="highlight"> Rendon.

    It CLASS="highlight"> caught CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> off-guard. CLASS="highlight"> He’d CLASS="highlight"> been CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> couple CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> before, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> its CLASS="highlight"> goals: CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> use CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> softball CLASS="highlight"> programs CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> drive CLASS="highlight"> academic CLASS="highlight"> achievements, CLASS="highlight"> develop CLASS="highlight"> character CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> improve CLASS="highlight"> health CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> surrounding CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> often CLASS="highlight"> underserved CLASS="highlight"> communities CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> D.C. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> never CLASS="highlight"> considered CLASS="highlight"> getting CLASS="highlight"> involved CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> level.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> we’ve CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> influence CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> kids CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> general,” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “And CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> understanding CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> look CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> so CLASS="highlight"> why CLASS="highlight"> aren’t CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> doing CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> positive CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it?”

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    “There CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> children CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> connected CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> such CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> that’s CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> reason CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> coming CLASS="highlight"> here,” CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> Jennifer CLASS="highlight"> Cartland, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> executive CLASS="highlight"> director CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy. CLASS="highlight"> “He CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> taken CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> friend, CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> mentor, CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> coach, CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> guide CLASS="highlight"> -- CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> them, CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> sticks CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> throughout CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rest CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> lives.

    “[For] CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Amanda, CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> write CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> check, CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> completely CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> thing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> spend CLASS="highlight"> half CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> day CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> heat, CLASS="highlight"> on-field, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 100 CLASS="highlight"> children. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> kind CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> talk CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> talk.”

  • And CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> uncomfortable CLASS="highlight"> truth CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> everyone CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> final CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> each CLASS="highlight"> passing CLASS="highlight"> day, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> drawing CLASS="highlight"> closer CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agency. CLASS="highlight"> His CLASS="highlight"> agent, CLASS="highlight"> Scott CLASS="highlight"> Boras, CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> waves CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> visit CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> D.C. CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> break, CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> met CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Ted CLASS="highlight"> Lerner, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> founding CLASS="highlight"> principal CLASS="highlight"> owner. CLASS="highlight"> Boras CLASS="highlight"> downplayed CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> visit, CLASS="highlight"> pointing CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> number CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> clients CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> Rendon’s CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> those CLASS="highlight"> topics CLASS="highlight"> discussed.

    Both CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> extension, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> still CLASS="highlight"> seems CLASS="highlight"> optimistic CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> eventually CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> done. CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> offer CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> during CLASS="highlight"> Spring CLASS="highlight"> Training, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> sides CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> apart CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> point. CLASS="highlight"> That CLASS="highlight"> offer CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> shortly CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> Nolan CLASS="highlight"> Arenado CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> eight-year, CLASS="highlight"> $260 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> extension CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Colorado, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Rendon’s CLASS="highlight"> camp CLASS="highlight"> believed CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> case CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> should CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> comparable.

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  • “Have CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> heard CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Tom CLASS="highlight"> Brady CLASS="highlight"> interview CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> 60 CLASS="highlight"> Minutes?"

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    "I CLASS="highlight"> think CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> God, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> got CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> more CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> this," CLASS="highlight"> Brady CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "I CLASS="highlight"> mean, CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> can't CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> cracked CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be."

    That CLASS="highlight"> stuck CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Rendon. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> reminds CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> fleeting CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> be, CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> happiness CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> target CLASS="highlight"> constantly CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> motion.

    There CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> point CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> used CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> define CLASS="highlight"> Rendon. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> once CLASS="highlight"> you’re CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> ...

    “All CLASS="highlight"> right, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> made CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> This CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> it,” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “What’s CLASS="highlight"> next? CLASS="highlight"> Can CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> called CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> moon CLASS="highlight"> league? CLASS="highlight"> Is CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> do? CLASS="highlight"> It’s CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> kept CLASS="highlight"> trying CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fill CLASS="highlight"> something CLASS="highlight"> inside CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> myself CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> happy.”

    "Content" CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> word CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> uses CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> describe CLASS="highlight"> himself CLASS="highlight"> now. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Amanda CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> happy CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Washington, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> happy CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> extension, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Washington CLASS="highlight"> Post CLASS="highlight"> last CLASS="highlight"> month CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> wouldn’t CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> hard CLASS="highlight"> feelings CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> things CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> work CLASS="highlight"> out. CLASS="highlight"> Wanting CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> stay CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> D.C. CLASS="highlight"> doesn’t CLASS="highlight"> mean CLASS="highlight"> he’ll CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> worth, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> it’s CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> entirely CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> money. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> mentions CLASS="highlight"> several CLASS="highlight"> times CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> away CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> right CLASS="highlight"> now, CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> prime CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> career, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> perfectly CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> peace.

    “Because CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> her,” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> motioning CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> daughter, CLASS="highlight"> Emma CLASS="highlight"> Kate, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> crawling CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> conference CLASS="highlight"> room. CLASS="highlight"> “You CLASS="highlight"> stink. CLASS="highlight"> Did CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> poop?”

    Emma CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> barely CLASS="highlight"> keep CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> eyes CLASS="highlight"> open CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> her CLASS="highlight"> stroller CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Rendons CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> toward CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> car CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> spending CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> hours CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Academy, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> prepared CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> fight CLASS="highlight"> traffic CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> home.

    It CLASS="highlight"> doesn’t CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> car CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> get CLASS="highlight"> interrupted.

    “You CLASS="highlight"> wanna CLASS="highlight"> race?” CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> Sammy CLASS="highlight"> Sosa CLASS="highlight"> jersey CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Rendon.

    “I CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> wanna CLASS="highlight"> embarrass CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> front CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> your CLASS="highlight"> friends” CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> replied CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> laugh.

    “Anthony,” CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> young CLASS="highlight"> boy CLASS="highlight"> rushed CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> tell CLASS="highlight"> him. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> threw CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> ball CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> way CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> roof CLASS="highlight"> once.”

    “Mr. CLASS="highlight"> Rendon, CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> picture?” CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> little CLASS="highlight"> girl CLASS="highlight"> asked.

    It’s CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> few CLASS="highlight"> selfies CLASS="highlight"> he’ll CLASS="highlight"> stop CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> take CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> gets CLASS="highlight"> back CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> car.

    Losing CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> huge CLASS="highlight"> implications CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals, CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> don’t CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> natural CLASS="highlight"> replacement CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> organization CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> Rendon. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> second CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> row CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> let CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> marquee CLASS="highlight"> position CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agency, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper CLASS="highlight"> now CLASS="highlight"> playing CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> division-rival CLASS="highlight"> Phillies.

    But CLASS="highlight"> Rendon’s CLASS="highlight"> connection CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> Youth CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> another CLASS="highlight"> factor CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> consider CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> could CLASS="highlight"> change CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> wearing CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> different CLASS="highlight"> uniform CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> season.

    “We’re CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> hopeful CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> everyone CLASS="highlight"> recognizes CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> tremendously CLASS="highlight"> talented CLASS="highlight"> athlete, CLASS="highlight"> but CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> person CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> character, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> person CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> representing CLASS="highlight"> Washington, CLASS="highlight"> D.C., CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals,” CLASS="highlight"> Cartland CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> “So CLASS="highlight"> I’m CLASS="highlight"> hopeful. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> know CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> say CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> behalf CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> We’re CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> cautiously CLASS="highlight"> optimistic CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> deeply CLASS="highlight"> hopeful CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he’s CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> engage CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> many CLASS="highlight"> years CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> come.” CLASS="highlight"> (J CLASS="highlight"> Collier CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> July CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2019)

  • 2019 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> While CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> one CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> perform CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> departure CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Bryce CLASS="highlight"> Harper, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon's CLASS="highlight"> MVP-caliber CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> left CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> doubt CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> challenge. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> set CLASS="highlight"> career-highs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> almost CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> offensive CLASS="highlight"> category, CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> . CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">319 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 34 CLASS="highlight"> homers CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> driving CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> MLB-leading CLASS="highlight"> 126 CLASS="highlight"> runs. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    In CLASS="highlight"> addition CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> defensive CLASS="highlight"> prowess CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> other CLASS="highlight"> side CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> ball, CLASS="highlight"> Rendon's CLASS="highlight"> success CLASS="highlight"> has CLASS="highlight"> helped CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> make CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> World CLASS="highlight"> Series CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> franchise CLASS="highlight"> history.

  • Nov CLASS="highlight"> 14, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: Rendon CLASS="highlight"> placed CLASS="highlight"> third CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2019 CLASS="highlight"> NL CLASS="highlight"> MVP CLASS="highlight"> voting, CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> Cody CLASS="highlight"> Bellinger CLASS="highlight"> winning CLASS="highlight"> it. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

    TRANSACTIONS

  • June CLASS="highlight"> 2011: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round CLASS="highlight"> (#6 CLASS="highlight"> overall), CLASS="highlight"> out CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Rice CLASS="highlight"> University CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Houston, CLASS="highlight"> TX. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> 

    He CLASS="highlight"> signed CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> August CLASS="highlight"> 15 CLASS="highlight"> deadline, CLASS="highlight"> receiving a CLASS="highlight"> four-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $7.2 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> club CLASS="highlight"> option. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">

  • January CLASS="highlight"> 15, CLASS="highlight"> 2016: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Nats CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight">  avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration CLASS="highlight"> by CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> contract CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> $2.8 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • January CLASS="highlight"> 13, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> Anthony CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> again CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year, CLASS="highlight"> $5.8 CLASS="highlight"> million CLASS="highlight"> deal.

  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 12, CLASS="highlight"> 2018: CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $12.3 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Jan CLASS="highlight"> 11, CLASS="highlight"> 2019:  CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Nationals CLASS="highlight"> avoided CLASS="highlight"> arbitration, CLASS="highlight"> agreeing CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> one-year CLASS="highlight"> deal CLASS="highlight"> worth CLASS="highlight"> $18.8 CLASS="highlight"> million.

  • Oct CLASS="highlight"> 31, CLASS="highlight"> 2019: CLASS="highlight"> Rendon CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> free CLASS="highlight"> agency.
Batting
  • By the age of 3, Rendon was hitting a tiny ball with a little bat. Later, he and his brother used a slender “tent stick.” By 10, he’d met the only hitting coach he’s ever had. “Willie Ansley. He was the Astros’ No. 1 draft pick in 1988,” says Rendon, who’s from Houston, proudly. Twenty-five years later, Rendon was up the number 6 overall pick in the draft.

  • Anthony has cleanup hitter potential. While he is not physically imposing, has remarkable strength in his hands and wrists, uncanny hand-eye coordination that allows him to delivery the barrel of the bat to the ball. And he has outstanding plate coverage and exceptional pitch recognition. He consistently drives the ball hard to all fields and projects as a well above-average hitter with plus power.

    "A lot of people go up there (to the plate) and think about what they're going to do. I just hit. I relax and don't think about anything. I just want to hit the ball as hard and as far as I can," Anthony said.

  • Rendon has a superb, tension-free swing, with excellent hip rotation and strong, quick hands. He taps his front foot twice and gets it down a little late, but everything about Anthony's transfer and swing is quick and forceful enough that it doesn't seem to affect him vs. pitchers.

    He has good plate coverage and can shorten his swing to square up on a ball in his hitting area. His bat speed and ability to barrel balls give him more usable power than all but a very few players in the game!

    "I have that little flick of my wrist at the end of my swing. I feel like that's where I get the most bat speed. I get my hands to the ball good, and then when I actually make contact, I'm flicking my wrists," Rendon said.

  • He has such quick, easy wrist movement that it looks like he is hitting at half-speed until the ball zooms off his bat.

    And Rendon has just got to be the best "bat-check-swing" hitter in the game. He never gets a strike called on a checked swing. So quick.

  • Anthony has razor-sharp pitch recognition and patience at the plate. He has an excellent eye. He says he can see the difference in seams between a college ball (they're raised) and a pro ball (they're flat).

  • Rendon is incredibly good at adjusting from at-bat to at-bat. He adapts to how he is being pitched.

  • Anthony watches a lot of game video.

  • April 22, 2013: Rendon's double was his first Major League hit and RBI, a shot into the gap in right-center, which gave him a key run-scoring hit in his first career home game. The rookie said he'll always remember that first hit. He already had the baseball, which was sitting on a shelf in his locker. "It's the one thing you're going to treasure the rest of your life," Rendon said of that first hit. 

  • Astros' scout Hank Allen gushes about Rendon. Whenever Rendon is at the plate, Allen sometimes forgets to take notes on Rendon, because Allen is in awe by what Rendon has been able to do at the plate. In fact, Allen has gone so far to say Rendon will not only win a batting title, but will be a perennial All-Star.

    "I love him as a baseball player," Allen said. "He appears to have a plan when he comes to the plate. He doesn't try to overdo anything. He takes what the pitcher gives him. You pitch him inside, he'll take a look, he'll see what the pitcher's best pitch is. If they are pitching him a certain way, he'll adjust to it. As he gains more experience, as times goes along, he is going to become a better hitter than he is right now."  (Ladson - mlb.com - 7/3/14)

  • October 4, 2014: Rendon became the first player for either the Nationals or Expos to pick up four hits in a playoff game. Only two Nats had posted three-hit games: Kurt Suzuki and Ian Desmond (twice) in the 2012 NLDS. Tim Raines and Gary Carter also accomplished the feat for Montreal during the 1981 playoffs.

  • "Anthony can hit. He has a beautiful stroke, and he's real quiet about it," manager Dusty Baker said. "Everything he does is not in a hurry, and everything he does, it seems like the game is slow to him. Other guys, it seems like the game is too fast for them, but he has the ability to slow the game down. Whether it's at third base or whether it's at the plate."  (Collier - MLB.com - 3/29/16)

  • April 30, 2017: Anthony couldn't remember having this kind of day at any level of his baseball career. But his record-setting performance helped pave the way for the Nationals' offensive outburst in a 23-5 victory against the Mets.

    Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs, setting a new Nationals franchise record for most RBIs in a single game and shattering his career high of four. Only two players in MLB history have ever had six hits and driven in 10 runs in game, Rendon and Walker Cooper, who did it for the Cubs in 1949, although Cooper went 6-for-7.

    "High school, I had three home runs, but that's high school," Rendon said. "Not the RBIs, I don't think." In the first inning he knocked in a pair with a two-run single off Mets righthander Noah Syndergaard. Rendon hit a solo homer in the third inning and a three-run homer in the fourth, both off left-hander Sean Gilmartin, to notch his first career multi-homer game. Then in the fifth, Rendon just missed a grand slam off righthander Fernando Salas as the ball traveled 388 feet but bounced off the wall in right-center field.

    The double gave Rendon nine RBIs on the day, breaking the Nationals' franchise record for RBIs in a game after four players had recorded eight. Rendon realized he must be in the midst of something special, which was only confirmed when Stephen Drew approached him on the bench. "I think he told me, 'That's a record! I'm glad I was here to watch it,'" Rendon said. "That's when I knew for sure."

    Rendon singled again in the seventh, but Daniel Murphy was unable to score from second on the play. But Rendon delivered the exclamation point for his day in the eighth with a solo homer off Mets third-string catcher Kevin Plawecki to drive in his 10th run of the day.

    Rendon became the 13th player in MLB history with 10 RBIs in a single game and first since Garrett Anderson in 2007. The Major League record for RBIs in a single game is 12, achieved by Jim Bottomley in 1924 and Mark Whiten in 1993.

    After the game, six cans of beer had been placed on the floor by Rendon's locker—one for each hit. In his locker sat the ball from his ninth RBI and the ball from his homer from the eighth inning, which had been marked with his final stat line.

    "That was ridiculous," righthander Joe Ross said. "I was pretty impressed when Trea [Turner] hit for the cycle the other day. I mean [Rendon] had six hits and three homers. I don't think he'll ever do that again. I mean, it's pretty ridiculous." (Collier - mlb.com)

  • The first thing anyone mentions about Anthony are his hands. Then you shake one, cavernous and workman-like, and it swallows yours whole.

    "For me, they are how I can control the bat," Rendon said, his right hand clamped over the barrel of his Marucci maple bat. "I don't have 250 pounds coming from my frame. If I can manipulate this barrel, I can be successful."

    The hands are what helped make Rendon the top collegiate hitter out of Rice University in 2011. They allow him to swing a 33 1/2-inch, 32-ounce bat, a top-heavy weapon with the -1.5 weight distribution typically reserved for more lumbering sluggers (weight distributions of -2 or slightly more are more common).

    This year, those hands are driving a personal improvement that has Rendon playing the best baseball of his career. His slash line of .289/.390/.528 with 13 home runs and 45 RBIs through 66 games were all career-high marks and are on pace to pass his previous career-best marks.  (Trezza - mlb.com - 6/22/17)

  • April 13, 2019: Rendon’s double marked the 10th consecutive game he has recorded an extra-base hit, setting a new Nationals club record (2005-present) that surpassed Ryan Zimmerman’s nine-game streak from 2017. That’s also the longest streak in all of baseball since the start of the 2018 season.

  • August 21, 2019:  For the second time in his seven-year career, Anthony Rendon has reached the 100-RBI mark for the Nationals. Rendon's 100 RBIs matched his career high, a mark he previously reached in 2017. He required 35 fewer games to accomplish the feat this time around than he did in 2017 (112 to 147).

  • Aug 26, 2019: Rendon was the National League  Player of the Week. Rendon earned the Award for the second time in his career and the first time since 2017 after hitting .483/.543/.793 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs over seven games last week. He's the second Nationals player to receive the honor in 2019, along with Max Scherzer.

    The 29-year-old Rendon has hit safely in 12 straight games dating back to Aug. 13, and he is one of four qualified Major Leaguers with an OPS of at least 1.000 on the season.

  • Aug 30, 2019: Rendon collected three hits, improving his latest on-base streak to 15 consecutive games, and his batting average on the season to .333, the best in the NL. He drove in three runs, improving his already career-best RBI total to 107, which also tops the NL. His 158 wRC+ is third in the NL.

    And just three players in the league (Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich and Ketel Marte) have been worth more Wins Above Replacement than Rendon, who missed 14 games earlier this year with an elbow injury.

  • In 2019, Anthony tied for the NL lead in doubles with 44. And he led the Majors in RBI with 126.

  • 2019 Season: For the first time since 2014, a player not named Nolan Arenado has won the Silver Slugger Award at third base in the NL. Rendon was that third baseman in '14, and he is again in '19. Before bursting onto the national stage this October, he added fuel to the already raging debate over whether he or Arenado is the best third baseman in the NL. Rendon posted career highs in all three slash-line categories by hitting .319/.412/.598 with a career-best 34 home runs and 126 RBIs. He led the NL in RBIs and doubles, with 44.

  • As of the start of the 2020 season, Rendon's career Major League stats were: .290 batting average with 994 hits, 245 doubles, 136 home runs with 546 RBI in 3,927 at-bats.

Fielding
  • Anthony has a real good arm for the long throw across the diamond from third base. And his throws are accurate.
  • Rendon's reactions in the field are exceptional. His body control is very impressive. He has great hands.

    Watch his hands. He makes it look like he never gets a bad hop, because his hands are so soft and quick.

  • He can slow the game down. He has good reads and instincts for the game.
  • Rendon makes lots of bare-handed plays, then throwing the ball to first in one motion and getting an out.

    He also dives to his right to stop a ball, then throws across the diamond from his knees to nail a baserunner.

  • Anthony has drawn comparisons to David Wright, Evan Longoria, and Ryan Zimmerman.
  • Rendon has enough athleticism to play second base, where his outstanding baseball instincts help him make up for any shortcomings.
  • Midway through the 2013 season, the Nats had Anthony work at second base with the Syracuse Chiefs, so they could get him in their lineup in Washington. Davey Johnson recalled making the switch.

    "It's very important to learn footwork," he said. "It took me probably two months to where I didn't have to see the bag. I became comfortable with coming from that angle. You need to be able to get to the bag, know where it is, then go to the ball, step toward the ball, make your pivot and without looking down at the bag and putting your foot on it. Because all that takes time and then also, fundamentally, if you peak at all and don't have position, then you get hung up and you really get hurt. So the transition is important and footwork is important."

    Syracuse manager Tony Beasley also came in handy in helping Rendon make the transition.

    "I think Beasley can help him a great deal about what's required of him over there," said Johnson. "Beasley knows his way around that bag real well and he'll be able to help him. So, if he's playing down there in games, he won't be at risk."

    By 2014, Rendon was displaying good hands, good reaction and good reflexes. And he has outstanding footwork, whether he is playing second base or third base.

  • Except for one game in 2019, Rendon has not played second base since 2015. (Baseball-Reference.com - Oct 2019)
Running
  • Anthony has average speed and runs the bases well.
  • Rendon steals a handful of bases each year. (2019)
Career Injury Report
  • June 2009: Anthony tore ligaments in his right ankle while chasing a fly ball in foul territory.

  • July 2010: Rendon was caught in a run-down between first and second base after he singled and the pitcher tried to pick him off. Anthony attempted to cut back toward first base to avoid a tag, and his right leg appeared to get caught underneath him. He winced, then rolled onto his chest and pounded the ground a few times with his right hand. His foot was bent at an unnatural angle.

  • 2011 college season: Anthony strained his throwing shoulder and played very little in the field the rest of the season.
  • April 7-August 7, 2012: Rendon suffered a minor fracture in his left ankle while running the bases after hitting a double, then trying to score on a bloop single by Potomac teammate Justin Bloxom. Anthony went down after rounding third base.

  • June 2013: Anthony had his wisdom teeth removed, and he lost 15 pounds.
  • March 10-June 4, 2015: Rendon missed part of spring training and the first two months of the season with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Anthony was hurt making a diving stop in a game against Atlanta on March 9. 

    Then, in May, he was diagnosed with a strained oblique, after playing in only three minor league games in Harrisburg.

  • June 25-July 25, 2015: Anthony was on the D.L. with a left quadriceps strain.

  • April 22-May 5, 2018: The Nationals placed Rendon on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with a toe contusion.

  • April 27-May 7, 2019: Rendon was on the IL with left elbow contusion, a move that comes nearly 10 days after Rendon got hit in the elbow from an errant pitch from Marlins starter Jose Urena on April 20.

  • Aug 7, 2019: Rendon left the game in the sixth inning of the 4-1 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park for precautionary reasons after getting hit by a pitch in the right foot during the fourth inning. On a 2-2 pitch, Rendon was struck by an errant slider from lefthander Andrew Suárez. Rendon was slow to get up at first, but he eventually hobbled down the first-base line, and he continued to play his position for an inning. After his toe began to feel sore, Rendon was replaced.