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.