All-Angels Team: Second Baseman [Poll]

By Brian Helberg
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Adam Kennedy (2000-2006)

The St. Louis Cardinals drafted, Adam Kennedy, in the first round of the 1997 draft. Kennedy was shipped to the Anaheim Angels in 2000 as part of the Jim Edmonds trade. Kennedy made an immediate impact on the 2000 Angels, posting a batting average of .266, clubbing 9 home runs, and driving in 72 runs. After the impressive debut campaign Kennedy finished sixth in Rookie of the Year voting. The Cal State Northridge alum played seven seasons, and nearly 1000 games as member of the Angels. Kennedy is perhaps best remembered for his heroics in the magical 2002 World Series run. Kennedy earned the American League Championship series MVP award after batting .357, hitting 3 dingers, and collecting 5 RBI’s against the Minnesota Twins in ‘02.

Adam Kennedy was often overlooked around the league, but Angels’ fans always felt his presence at second base in the early 2000’s. Over the course of seven seasons with the Halos, Kennedy hit .280, with 51 home runs, 353 runs batted in, and 123 stolen bases. The Riverside California native was just average defensively, but he always seemed to make the play when it mattered most. Kennedy posted a career fielding percentage at second base of .982, which matches the league average during his career. During his seven seasons with the Angels, Kennedy compiled a WAR of 18.3.

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