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LA Angels: Looking back on Howie Kendrick’s career with the Halos

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 21: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angelsis celebrates on his way to the clubhouse after hitting a walk-off double in the 10th inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on June 21, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 21: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angelsis celebrates on his way to the clubhouse after hitting a walk-off double in the 10th inning to defeat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on June 21, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 4: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a play at second base against the Minnesota Twins during the game on September 4, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 4: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim makes a play at second base against the Minnesota Twins during the game on September 4, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Howie Leaves the Halos

Kendrick would go on to play 6 more seasons (Dodgers: 2015, 2016, Phillies: 2017, Nationals: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). He played almost exclusively at second base with the Angels, but while playing in the National League, he was utilized all over the field, seeing significant time in left field, first base, and third base. He continued to be a solid contributor, adding three more .300+ seasons.

In addition to his solid regular season performances, he would also become the hero during the 2019 postseason. He hit a go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning of game 5 of the NLDS which sent them to the championship series. He also hit the go-ahead home run against the Astros in game 7 of the World Series which would prove to be the difference in clinching the trophy for the Expos, er, Nationals.

Howie Kendrick did not finish his career as an Angel, but he will forever be remembered as our second baseman. In addition to his solid offensive contributions, and in poetic fashion, he stole a World Series away from the Astros, which honestly, is one of the best things he has ever done for Angels fans.

From everyone at Halo Hangout, and on behalf of Angels fans everywhere, we wish Howie the best of luck in retirement life.

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