Hanging up your cleats is always a tough thing to do as a ballplayer. Often times, it’s really tough as a fan to watch some of your favorite players retire. Dodgers fans can certainly understand that, given the number of guys they’ve seen call it a career over the last few years.
This year, former Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick has decided that his time as a ballplayer has come to an end. Howie announced on Monday that he will be retiring from baseball and going out with his 2019 World Series win to hang his hat on.
Congratulations to Howie Kendrick on a great career! pic.twitter.com/mFtVPgnn3o
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 22, 2020
Dodgers fans mostly remember Kendrick from his 9 years spent playing down the freeway with the Angels. Kendrick also spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Los Angeles playing in blue after a swap with the Halos.
The Dodgers sent Andrew Heaney to the Angels in hopes of finding a true second baseman, something they still lack to this day. Los Angeles later traded Kendrick following the 2016 season despite signing him to a 2-year deal the year prior.
Kendrick‘s time with the Dodgers was fairly representative of his entire career, slashing .274/.331/.387 with 17 homeruns and a .718 OPS in his combined 2 seasons. More than anything, Kendrick provided a veteran presence that helped the Dodgers to the playoffs in 2015 and to the NLCS in 2016.
Unfortunately, most Dodgers fans remember Howie because of the game-deciding grand slam he hit off of Joe Kelly in the 2019 NLDS. Regardless, we wich Howie nothing but the best in retirement.
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