When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Howie Kendrick this past offseason, it was to replace Dee Gordon and provide a consistent bat and veteran presence in the locker room. Thus far he has lived up to the expectations, performing well on the field while remaining healthy and being a leader in the clubhouse.
While no one has had a problem with his play on the field, some people have taken exception to a recent Instagram post of his. After a loss, he posted a photo of himself on the field with his hands in the air with the caption “Answered Prayer. You never know when the Lord will bless you!!!” This post was then followed by a photo of his gun collection, something that is often seen on his Instagram, but it appears some fans took exception.
Kendrick then posted a comment on the photo, responding to the comments:
The Dodgers are currently 56-44 on the season, one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. Their play since the All-Star break hasn’t exactly been stellar, as they just finished up a 10-game road trip going 5-5. The Giants went 8-1 in the same timespan, picking up 3.5 games in the standing.
Kendrick is batting .283 with seven homers, 40 RBIs and 45 runs scored on the season while being versatile, hitting well anywhere in the order that manager Don Mattingly has put him.
Since receiving the comments, Kendrick has only posted non-baseball related items such as a chandelier, carpet, a statue, a bag of Chipotle Chips, chocolate milk and this post of a box of batting gloves with the reasoning behind only posting less personal items:
Kendrick is currently one for his last 17, but will look to turn that around against the Oakland Athletics and his former team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this week.