Card: 2017 Topps Heritage #69
Anthony John Renda (born January 24, 1991 in Santa Rosa, CA) is a former professional baseball second baseman who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox. His mother, Larree, began a career at Safeway, Inc. as a bagger, and worked her way up into an executive position. His father, Frank, a construction worker, died at age 56, when Tony was 19. Before his professional career, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and played college baseball for the California Golden Bears.
Renda inked a contract after being taken in the second round of the 2012 amateur draft by the Washington Nationals. He was an MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2013 and 2014, an AFL Rising Star in 2014, a Mid-Season All-Star in 2013, a Post-Season All-Star in 2014 and an AFL All-Prospect Team choice in 2014.
On June 11, 2015, he was traded to the New York Yankees in return for P David Carpenter. He had started the season with the Harrisburg Senators of the AA Eastern League, where he hit .267 in 54 games and after the trades stayed in the same circuit but with the Trenton Thunder, playing an additional 73 games during which he hit .270. Between the two stops, his combined batting line read .269/.330/.358 in 127 games, with 30 doubles and 73 runs scored.
On December 28th, he was traded again, this time to the Cincinnati Reds along with fellow prospects Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis and Eric Jagielo in return for P Aroldis Chapman. The Reds promoted Tony to the major leagues on August 2, 2016. He made his major league debut that day, and got his first major league hit in his first at bat off Jonathan Broxton of the St. Louis Cardinals, an infield bunt single. The hit was first recorded as a sacrifice bunt and error, but was changed to a hit several days later. Overall, with the 2016 Reds, he appeared in 32 games, batting .183 (11-for-60) with three RBIs.
On July 3, 2017, the Cincinnati Reds traded Renda to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named later, but he was released prior to the 2018 season. On April 30, 2018, he signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Tony was called up to Boston on August 4, 2018 after Ian Kinsler was placed on the 10-day disabled list and Dustin Pedroia was moved to the 60-day disabled list, opening a spot on the 40-man roster for Renda. In an August 5 game against the rival New York Yankees, Tony pinch ran and scored the winning run in a 5–4 Red Sox comeback, driven in on a single by Andrew Benintendi in the 10th inning.
Tony was optioned back to Triple-A on August 8, without making MLB another appearance. Renda is a member of the 2018 World Champion Red Sox.
Tony is also part of the Cincinnati Reds Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
Tony is also part of the Boston Red Sox Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
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