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Angels’ Anthony Rendon saying baseball was not a top priority was ‘tone-deaf,’ Craig Carton says

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Anthony Rendon told members of the media earlier this week that baseball “was never my top priority” throughout his career.

The Los Angeles Angels third baseman even admitted that he considered quitting baseball in 2014, his second year in the majors.

“This is a job,” Rendon said. “I do this job to make a living. My faith and family come first over this job. So if those things come first, I’ll quit.”

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Craig Carton of FOX Sports’ “The Carton Show” said Tuesday that family comes first, of course, and that he is “very respectful” to religious people, but that Rendon has played more than 60 games. Considering that it has not been done, he said. Since signing a seven-year, $245 million contract in 2019 (he played in 52 of 60 games in 2020), his comments have become harsher.

“When a guy like Anthony Rendon, who has a $245 million guaranteed contract with the Anaheim Angels, comes out and says, ‘Baseball wasn’t a priority for me,’ I say to myself, ‘Baseball wasn’t a priority for me.’ , “Give that money back and live your life,” Carton said on Outkick. “Dont @ Me” with Dan Dakich.

“The average sports fan is a blue-collar, hard-working man or woman who will do anything for a little extra income to enjoy the sport and the team they love most. And if the players are that tone-deaf, the average plate of fans, it makes me uncomfortable.

Los Angeles Angels No. 6 Anthony Rendon hits a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 1, 2023 in Anaheim, California. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Aaron Judge says last year’s injury may require “ongoing maintenance” for “the rest of his career.”

“It’s disgusting,” he continued. “Because the average Anaheim Angels fan spends hundreds of dollars to take his wife and husband and kids to a ballgame, and they want to see a guy who doesn’t care about that. They worked hard to buy the tickets.” Hot dogs, expensive beer, etc. I think this is probably an issue with athletes of all generations, but certainly today’s athletes are completely tone-deaf about the fan experience and what it takes for the average fan to get to a ballpark. , arena, stadium. ”

Carton acknowledged that Rendon was a perennial MVP candidate during his playing days in Washington, D.C., and that he would have gotten a pass if he were with the Washington Nationals when they won the World Series.

“I think even if you get results and play in 90 percent of your team’s games and hit 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, you can probably stand on another leg because you perform. But , when you’re a guy who’s missed a half, hitting four or five home runs every season and the last four years, and being paid to be a top 10 or 15 player in the league, who cares? ‘s tone-deaf.’

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Los Angeles Angels No. 6 Anthony Rendon returns to the dugout during the first inning during the New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Angels game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Saturday, June 11, 2022. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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Rendon also said last year that the season needed to be shortened from 162 games.

From 2013 to 2020, Rendon had a .290 batting average and .862 OPS and was voted MVP five times. However, he has played in 148 games since 2021 and is batting .235/.338/.364 with just 13 home runs and 80 RBIs.

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