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Two former major leaguers are upset Alex Bregman carried bat to first base on World Series homer

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Alex Bregman broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer, ripping a Stephen Strasburg fastball into the seats in left field. Bregman was so caught up in his achievement that he carried the bat all the way to first base. He tried to hand it off to first base coach Don Kelly, but they muffed the transfer. Bregman had a laugh about it as he rounded the bases.

At least two former players aren’t happy about Bregman’s antics. Mike Napoli called him a “douche” on Twitter. Mike Morse was a little more diplomatic, suggesting Bregman was “asking to get someone hurt on your team… next year.

Perhaps Bregman was channeling his inner Pedro Cerrano. Maybe it’s Game 6 of the World Series and his mind is running a thousand miles a minute. Ultimately, who cares? Besides, from what we know about Bregman, Napoli’s description doesn’t seem accurate. Bregman is an advocate of autism awareness charities and has gone out of his way to leave generous tips to underpaid fast food and restaurant service workers.

Update: Juan Soto broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning with a solo homer of his own. He mimicked Bregman, carrying his bat all the way to first base and dropping it in front of first base coach Tim Bogar. Game 6 is spicy.

Report: Angels and Anthony Rendon agree on seven-year, $245 million contract

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Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.

Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.

The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.

Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.