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It sounds like Adam Kennedy is retiring

Jan 2, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

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After 14 seasons in the big leagues it looks like Adam Kennedy is ready to call it quits.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kennedy hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but the 37-year-old infielder “is opening a baseball development facility in Anaheim next week.”

Kennedy was the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 1997 and was traded to the Angels in the deal for Jim Edmonds in 2000. He played seven seasons as the Angels’ primary second baseman, returned to the Cardinals for two seasons, and then bounced around with four teams in his final four years.

Overall he hit .272 with a .711 OPS in 1,691 games, won the ALCS MVP for bludgeoning my beloved Twins in 2002, and earned more than $20 million. Pretty solid career for a guy who never cracked an .800 OPS in a season.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    That will easily become the country’s foremost institution for developing scrappiness.

    • zzalapski - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      At least until David Eckstein opens his own facility.

      • sportsdrenched - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        And it’s a good thing too. The “scrapiness” part of the market isn’t as saturated as the “grittyness” part fo the market.

  2. kirkvanhouten - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Still can’t believe he’s part of the club that includes George Brett, Albert Pujols, Babe Ruth, Pablo Sandoval, Adrian Beltre, and Reggie Jackson as the players who hit 3 home runs in a playoff game.

    Especially considering he hit 3 home or fewer in six different *seasons*.

    • mazblast - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      Don’t forget Bob Robertson.

      • kirkvanhouten - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        …I would have to have known who Bob Robertson was before I could forget him. Thanks for the info!

        He looked like he was on the verge of being a stud, then just crapped out at 25. Apparently he hit a home run in the World Series after missing a bunt sign…

  3. spudchukar - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Full disclosure here first. I have a serious bone to pick with his father who used to play a major role in player procurement for St. Louis, and was the only reason he was the Cards first round pick in 1997.

    That said, the deal for Edmonds helped St. Louis claim a WS crown, so he did have value, though indirect.

    Third, the truth is he isn’t even scappy.

    • 12strikes - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      I though his father was a school teacher, but I could be wrong.

  4. Carl Hancock - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I’ll always appreciate Kennedy for helping the Cards land Edmonds. Watching Jimmy Ballgame in the same lineup as Pujols, Scott Rolen and Edgar Renteria was a privilege that I’ll remember fondly as a Cards fan.

  5. jarathen - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    I will always appreciate AK for demolishing the Twins that one time. Flags fly forever.

  6. sirrealrainman - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Good luck Adam!
    So long and thanks for all the fish in 2002!

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