Nationals To Re-Sign Howie Kendrick

Tanya Simon
December 7, 2019

Postseason hero Howie Kendrick is heading back to Washington.

Kendrick will return to the World Series champions for $6.25 million with a mutual option for 2021. Along the way, Kendrick saw time at first base, second, and third.

Kendrick arrived in Washington via trade in July 2017, then re-signed with the Nationals following that season. Kendrick's 10th-inning grand slam against the Dodgers in the NLDS put Washington up for good and sent them toward a date with the Cardinals in the NLCS, where Kendrick was named the series MVP after hitting.333/.412/.600 in a four-game sweep.

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It was only the second extra-inning slam in post-season history and allowed the Nationals to win a playoff series for the first time since moving to Washington from Montreal in 2005.

After making a tweak to his swing by boosting his launch angle and getting his hands a little lower before coming through the zone, Kendrick returned this year to hit.344 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs in 121 games. Without him, the Nationals survived a slow start to claim the franchise's first World Series. And he capped the run by blasting the go-ahead homer in Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros.

A veteran of 14 seasons, the 36-year-old Kendrick is a.294 career hitter with 1,722 hits, 125 home runs and 710 RBIs for the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Nationals. In 2018, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a game in May, but his return to action in 2019 was quite a success.

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