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Friday, December 06, 2019

Report: Nationals bring back postseason hero Howie Kendrick on one-year deal

The World Series champion Washington Nationals and Howie Kendrick, the National League Championship Series MVP, reportedly agreed to a free-agent contract on Friday.

Kendrick’s deal with the Nationals is for one year and $6.25 million, and it includes a mutual option for 2021. In 2020, he’ll make more than he did in the past two years combined — the most recent contract Kendrick signed was the two-year, $7 million deal he inked with the Nationals after the 2017 season.

A 10th-round pick in 2002, Kendrick is a .294 hitter over his 14-year career. He’s thrived in what’s become more of a part-time role. Over the past three seasons, he’s batted .325 with an .888 OPS. This past season in Washington was one of the best of his career.

During his age-35 season in 2019, Kendrick was one of the most productive hitters in Washington’s lineup. He mainly platooned at first and second base, and played 15 games at third. That setup kept him 132 plate appearances shy of the batting title, as he posted a .344 average and .966 OPS in 121 games.

Well, at least that’s one player the Nationals will bother to re-sign….

 

QLE Posted: December 06, 2019 at 11:07 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, howie kendrick, nationals

Friday, November 01, 2019

‘I Want Bourbon!’: Nationals Let Loose After Improbable World Series Run

HOUSTON — The ball would be a seventh-inning, game-winning, championship-clinching, franchise-defining home run. It would bring Washington, D.C. its first World Series in nearly a century; it would cap one of the most unlikely postseason runs in baseball history; it would suddenly and irrevocably shift the energy in a stadium of more than 40,000. It would be not just a home run. It would be the home run. The one that gave the Nationals the lead in Game 7 of their eventual 6-2 win over the Astros Wednesday night in Houston.

But Howie Kendrick didn’t know any of that when he hit it. This was hardly a no-doubter. This was opposite field, way opposite field, toward the foul pole, perhaps all the way into foul territory. This may not have been any good at all. When Kendrick connected with the cutter from Astros reliever Will Harris—91 mph, expertly placed on the corner of the strike zone, with one out and one on in the seventh, Nationals down by one run—he did not think that he had just won the game. Kendrick thought only one thing: “Stay fair.”

As he burst out of the box toward first base, he couldn’t tell if it would or wouldn’t. Kendrick didn’t stop to look, and he didn’t wave it over, but he let the words echo inside his head with the fervor of a prayer and the rhythm of a chant: Stay fair. Stay fair. Stay fair.

It did.

So, what will you all be having?

 

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:50 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: booze, celebrations, howie kendrick, nationals

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Los Viejos—The Old Guys—help Nationals make Series

WASHINGTON —  NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon surveyed his teammates scattered around the Nationals Park diamond, whoopin’ it up after clinching a World Series berth.

There were starting pitchers Max Scherzer and Aníbal Sánchez, each 35 — and each responsible for taking a no-hit bid into at least the seventh inning as Washington won Games 1 and 2 of the NL Championship Series. So was Howie Kendrick, 36, the second baseman who earned NLCS MVP honors with four doubles and four RBIs in the sweep. And Ryan Zimmerman, 35, the first baseman slugging .484 this postseason.

“A lot of old guys on the team,” Rendon observed. “They call themselves ‘Viejos.’”

Indeed, they do, and “Los Viejos” — Spanish for “The Old Guys” — are a big part of why the Nationals are getting ready to face the Astros in the Fall Classic, which opens Tuesday night in Houston.

So, does this make players in their mid-thirties the new market inefficiency, or not, or…..

 

QLE Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, howie kendrick, max scherzer, nationals, ryan zimmerman

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Howie Kendrick Named NLCS MVP After Nationals Sweep Cardinals

Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick took home the National League Championship Series MVP award on Tuesday after the Nats swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NL pennant. 

The 36-year-old went 5-of-15 with four RBI and four runs. His RBI single gave the Nats an insurance run in a 2-0 win over St. Louis in Game 1. He also led the Nats offense in Game 3 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs in an 8-1 victory.

The series continues an excellent October for Kendrick, who smacked a go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning of Washington’s 7-3 comeback win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS.

Per MLB Stats, Kendrick is also the third-oldest player to win the NLCS MVP award, which has been in existence since 1977

Congratulations to him and his team.

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:46 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, howie kendrick, mvp, nlcs

 

 

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