By Jose M. Romero
For years labeled one of the most underrated players in Major League Baseball, the secret — if there really ever was one — was revealed during the MLB postseason in October when Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals got hot and helped propel his team to an unexpected World Series championship.
Rendon is Somos Sports’ LatinX Athlete of the Year for 2019.
Rendon, 29, finished third in voting for the National League Most Valuable Player after putting up these numbers: A .319 batting with 44 doubles, 34 home runs, 117 runs scored and a whopping 126 RBI.
• World Series champion
• Silver Slugger
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 7, 2019
And Rendon didn’t drop off in the postseason. He hit .345 (20 for 58) with seven doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI in 16 postseason games.
We all know how the World Series went. The Houston Astros won all three games in D.C., and the Nationals won all four, including Game 7, in Houston, Rendon’s hometown.
Modest and realistic about his job, Rendon has a .290 career batting average, has been an All-Star and is a two-time Silver Slugger award winner. He’s six hits away from 1,000 in his career.
Those six hits — and presumably many more — will come in a Los Angeles Angels uniform. Rendon signed with the Angels in free agency recently and when next we see him, it’ll be in Halos red in Tempe, Arizona at spring training.