Howie Kendrick Retires

HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 30: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Just announced today, Howie Kendrick has decided to call it a career after a 15 year career that saw him end with a .294/.337/.430 line with a .767 OPS. The 10th round pick out of St. Johns River Community College in Palatka Florida, ended up playing for the Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals in his career. While he had many terrific moments in his career, the ones that will stick out the most, will be from 2019 with the Washington Nationals, where he was the hero of a team that went on to win the World Series. In that series, Kendrick had a game five grand slam in extra innings off of Joe Kelly to push the Nationals to the NLCS. In the NLCS he ended up posting outstanding numbers to help the Nationals sweep the Cardinals, and along the way won NLCS MVP numbers. And then in the most critical of situations, hit the go ahead home run in the 7th inning off of future National Will Smith to help the Nationals win their first ever World Series title since moving to the nations capital. While Kendrick did not end with Hall of Fame numbers, or was ever one of the best 10 players in the game, he did something in 2019, that will make his name live in lore in Washington D.C, and something the fans will always be forever indebted to him for.

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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