Aspiring professional athletes usually follow the same path to success; play their sport of choice in high school where they can secure a sports scholarship to attend a university and then hopefully get selected by a professional team in the draft before graduating. For many people we adore in the world of baseball today, this most likely seems to be the case bar a few others that go straight from high school. For Howie Kendrick, however, things did not go on for him as he had imagined.
The Major League Baseball player had tried out for several colleges but received no interest. Luck later shined on him by pure chance after he was spotted by Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim scout, Tom Kotchman while playing for his junior college team, St. John’s River Community College. Kotchman did not believe the player had a hard time finding a team or had not already been snapped up by other scouts. He would later arrange for the Anaheims to select Kendrick in the 10th round of the 2002 MLB draft.
Details About Howie Kendrick’s Career and What He Has Earned Over the Years
Howie Kendrick’s first baseball contract was with the Anaheim Angels. He signed to the team in 2002 but only got to make his MLB debut in the 2006 season in a game against the Detroit Tigers.
Prior to making his MLB debut and signing a one-year $327,500 contract in 2006, he was in 2005 named by sports magazine Baseball America as the best prospect in the Texas League. The following year, however, he dropped to 12th place.
In 2007, Howie Kendrick became the Angels starting second baseman after the incumbent starter left the team. That year, he signed another one year contract worth $395k, a figure that would continue to go up as the years went by. In 2008, he was paid $432k, 2009 $465k, 2010 $1.75 million, and 2011 $3.3 million.
2012 saw Kendrick sign his first long term deal, a four-year contract worth $33.5 million. He would then go on to have a strong season for his team, batting .287 with 8 home runs and 67 RBIs. The baseman remained with the Angels until 2014 when he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2016, he put pen to paper on a two-year contract worth $20 million as he would go on to record the lowest fly ball percentage (19.6%) and the highest ground ball percentage (61.0%) of all major league hitters.
Howie Kendrick’s time in Los Angeles came to an end after he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in November 2016. He stayed with the team for a few months before being traded again, this time to the Washington Nationals, who in 2018 offered him a two-year contract worth $7 million. Injuries hampered his first season with the team but the 2019 season proved to be nothing short of remarkable as he finished with a batting average of .344 in 330 at-bats, alongside 62 RBIs and 17 home runs.
That same year, Kendrick hit a grand slam to see off one of his former teams in the National League Division Series as the Nationals went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series for him to be named the National League Championship Series MVP. Things did not stop there for him and his team as they went on to win their first championship in franchise history while Kendrick was named the recipient of the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award.
Towards the end of 2019, following the expiration of his current, he signed a one-year extension worth $6.25 million that would have him remain with the Washington Nationals.
A Look At His History of Injuries
Injuries are more than normal in the world of sports and Howie Kendrick has had his fair share of them. His first notable injury was during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers when he suffered a strained hamstring in a game on August 9, 2015. He was subsequently placed on the injured list until he returned on September 18, however, the injury would continue to bother him for the rest of the season.
The next notable injury he suffered was in April 2017 when his team at the time, the Phillies, placed him on the 10-day disabled list due to a strained right abdomen. In 2018, when he had joined the Nationals, the second baseman suffered what turned out to be his most serious injury to date, a ruptured right Achilles tendon that prematurely ended his season.
What We Know About Howie Kendrick’s Wife and Family
Away from the pitch, Howie Kendrick is a family man. The Jacksonville, Florida native is happily married to his wife Jody (nee Jensen) who exchanged vows with him in January 2007. The couple had originally met in 2005 in Arizona while Kendrick was playing in the Arizona Fall League.
As the story goes, Jodie and Howie met in a local gym where they struck a friendship. They soon after took things to another level and started dating. After a two-year-long relationship, they decided to get married and have remained together ever since, further welcoming two sons; Owen and Tyson.