Anthony Rendon wrapped up the Washington Nationals’ road trip to Miami and Detroit 8 for 25 (.320/.333/.600) with a double and two home runs, and he was named to the NL All-Star team on Sunday, which, well, he’s, uh, not completely sold on the idea.
“I talked to people in the past that have gone and kind of have an idea of how it’s going to go or how it may go - if I decide to go - so we’ll see,” Rendon told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr, on Sunday.
Rendon, who’s been dealing with some nagging injuries, but has remained in the lineup, said it’s a choice between resting up or really getting no rest at all over the All-Star Break.
“I hear it’s no rest, so that’s not a good thing,” Rendon said.
“They said your schedule is jam-packed and you’re going to events or whatever or you’re doing interviews or whatever it might be. So it seems like it’s right up my alley.”
The notoriously press shy third baseman was joking with that last comment. He’s not going to be able to avoid the spotlight much longer if he keeps it up though, especially with free agency pending if he and the Nationals don’t agree on an extension before next winter, and the latest from Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty doesn’t inspire much confidence that there’s going to be an agreement before he hits the market.
Through 69 games and 299 plate appearances this season, the recently-turned-29-year-old third baseman has a .311/.398/.630 line, 21 doubles, and 19 home runs.
“Running him out there every day and keeping him healthy is the key. I said this before, he’s the guy that makes our offense go, and he’s been huge lately.”
Rendon’s back in there tonight for the first of three with the Miami Marlins in D.C.