Anthony Rendon wasted no time making a good first impression on his Angels teammates Tuesday night.
In the All-Star third baseman's Los Angeles debut, his first hit came in the form of a two-run home run down the left-field line.
Rendon wasted no time making his presence known. pic.twitter.com/exJD68Jkqn— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 29, 2020
Rendon's blast put the Angels up 10-2 in what ended in a rout of the Mariners. He finished the game 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored in his first Major-League game not wearing a Nationals uniform. He missed the first four games of the season dealing with an oblique injury.
"It felt good just to be out there," Rendon said, according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger. "Just to be out there and having a live ball coming at you. … It felt good to be able to contribute to the team and get that first win [while playing] out of the way."
After helping lead Washington to its first World Series championship in 2019, Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels to join superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in a formidable LA lineup.
Rendon and Stephen Strasburg were two marquee free agents to hit the market this past winter. While there was hope among fans that the team would be able to re-sign both players, Nationals owner Mark Lerner said the team couldn't afford it.
Washington re-signed Strasburg, let Rendon walk and replaced him with a combination of players by signing free-agent Starlin Castro, bringing back Asdrubal Cabrera and adding top prospect Carter Kieboom to the full-time roster.
The Nats may be missing Rendon's bat in the middle of the lineup following a 1-4 start without Juan Soto, but we'll just have to wait and see the full impact of Rendon's departure on the club. A 60-game season might not even be a large enough sample size to do so.
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Anthony Rendon launches home run for first hit with Angels originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington