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Howie Kendrick was an infielder in Major League Baseball (MLB), initially playing with the Anaheim Angels (Los Angeles Angels) in 2002 and concluding his career with the Washington Nationals in 2019.
Kendrick was drafted in 2002 for the Arizona Complex League Angels after being selected in Florida's tenth round of the June Amateur Draft. He was the first prospect in the Texas League in 2005. Later, at 22, he made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2006, citing a good track record.
In his 15 years of professional baseball play, Howie Kendrick has appeared in 1621 games, collected 1747 hits, and completed 127 home runs with a batting average of 0.294.
Howie Kendrick has a net worth of approximately $8 million as of 2022. After being picked in the tenth-round draft with the Angels, his first signing bonus was $1 million, with which he bought his first pickup truck. His last contract was worth $4 million, and his lifetime earnings after 15 seasons of being a baseball player are estimated to be around $70 million.
Kendrick earns about $3 million annually after retiring as a baseball player.
Howie Kendrick is 5 ft 9 in (180 cm) tall.
Howie Kendrick was born on July 12, 1983. He is 38 years old as of 2022. His zodiac sign is Cancer.
Howie Kendrick was born Howard Joseph Kendrick. He developed a love for baseball at West Nassau High School (Callahan, Florida) around the age of five. After facing rejections from recruiters of various colleges, he later found himself playing for Florida's St. John's River Community College, where he was named Conference Player of the Year and was eventually discovered by a Los Angeles Angels scout named Tom Kotchman.
Kendrick and his two sisters, Christina and Michelle, lived with their grandmother Ruth Woods while their mother, Belinda Kendrick, was in the military. It was his supportive grandmother who would push Howie to pick up baseball instead of falling for vices in his particular neighborhood. Later, Kendrick moved out of his home and started staying with a friend as his relationship with his mother began to sour.
Howie Kendrick enjoys his family life with his wife, Jody Kendrick, and their two sons, Owen Kendrick and Tyson Kendrick. They got married in Hawaii in 2007, just a year after he made his MLB debut as a professional baseball player.
Howie Kendrick is renowned for his grand slam in Game 5 of the 2019 National League Division Series, which helped his club, the Washington Nationals, advance to the National League Championship Series by giving them a 7-3 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in an extra tenth inning. He also became the second baseball player to hit an extra innings grand slam in MLB postseason history.
In the final game of Game 7 of the World Series, he hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole to help lift the Washington Nationals over the Astros, ultimately securing their first championship in franchise history.
Kendrick played 15 seasons in his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, and Los Angeles Angels, with whom he played for nine consecutive years. His consistency in play has earned him recognition as one of the few second basemen in baseball history with at least 300 at-bats and nine seasons of hitting.
Kendrick hit his first home run on July 26, 2006, against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was granted his first free agency (free of binding contracts) on November 2, 2015, after Los Angeles Angels traded him to Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kendrick was traded three times in his major league career and suffered many game-related injuries. In 2018, he tore his Achilles tendon and almost ended his career as he was unable to play for almost 134 days, but then he managed to return for training the following season. Despite that and more injuries to count for, he hit 0.344 that season, the highest batting average of his career.
At 37, Kendrick formally retired as a professional baseball player. He finished his career with a batting average of 0.294 and an on-base plus slugging (OPS) of 0.767, respectively. His final Wins Above Replacement (WAR) score is 34.7, and he has played over 10,000 defensive innings at second base. His only All-Star game was in 2011. He is a special assistant to the general manager for the Philadelphia Phillies as of 2022.
Howie Kendrick donated a percentage of his earnings to the Alzheimer's Association and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, which helps local youth excel in the field of academics, arts, nutrition, and sports.
Howie Kendrick was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2019 National League Championship Series (NLCS), where Washinton Nationals played against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Howie Kendrick was honored by The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) with the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award for demonstrating passion and embodying baseball's values, spirit, and tradition.
He was awarded the Pacific Coast League Rookie of the Year honors.
Besides being a baseball player, Howie Kendrick also practices portrait and still life photography. He likes to capture life as he is experiencing it through his lenses and has been posting them regularly on Instagram. In addition, he also collects vintage watches.
Kendrick is a pet lover and has two dogs. In his free time, he goes to the movies with his family or visits Cars and Coffee with his friends.
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