May 23, 2012 |
OAKLAND — Several big league veterans, including Torii Hunter , were convinced Howie Kendrick would win a batting title some day after the Angels second baseman hit .285 as a rookie in 2006, .322 in 2007 and .306 in 2008. Entering Tuesday, the only category in which Kendrick ranked among American League leaders was strikeouts — he was tied for ninth with 39, including five three-whiff games, in 161 plate appearances. That Kendrick went five for 38 in 11 games through Monday, a .132 clip that dropped his average from .298 on May 9 to .257, is disturbing enough.
June 4, 2009 |
The Angels' latest salary drive starts Saturday, when Kelvim Escobar comes off the disabled list to start against the Detroit Tigers. John Lackey, Vladimir Guerrero, Chone Figgins and Bobby Abreu form an already distinguished list of pending free agents on the Angels. Escobar, who has not pitched in the major leagues in 20 months because of a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, has four months to impress potential employers, including the Angels.
February 22, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - The breathless stories that tracked Howie Kendrick through the minor leagues and into the majors were all but required to refer to him as a future batting champion. And why not? In his four full minor league seasons, he batted .368, .367, .366 and .369. In 2007, the first year he broke camp with the Angels, he batted .322. He was 24. He turns 30 this summer. In the three years he has had enough at-bats to qualify for the American League batting title, he has not finished in the top 20. The Angels are happy with their second baseman.
April 1, 2011 |
Reporting from Kansas City, Mo. The ideal No. 2 hitter is a patient batter who has a high on-base percentage, draws walks and likes to see a lot of pitches. Howie Kendrick , who has hit second in the Angel lineup the first two games, is none of those things. "I don't know if he's a prototypical No. 2 guy," Manager Mike Scioscia said. But "he can just flat-out hit. So you're not really looking for him to work counts. You're looking for production. " Kendrick gave Scioscia what he was looking for Friday, drilling a full-count pitch over the center-field wall in the first inning.
January 5, 2012 |
Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto has had preliminary discussions with the agents for second baseman Howie Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar about multiple-year deals that would prevent the infielders from becoming free agents after the 2012 season. Kendrick, who hit .285 with 18 home runs, 30 doubles and 63 runs batted in last season, and the slick-fielding Aybar, who hit .279 with 10 homers, 33 doubles and 59 RBIs, are entering their final years of arbitration. "At this point, it's something we've begun to explore and will continue to explore," Dipoto said.
July 25, 2010 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — Here today, there tomorrow. There are no givens anymore when it comes to the Angels infield. Howie Kendrick , who had made his first 96 starts of the season at second base, was the starting first baseman Sunday when the Angels played the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington. It was the first time Kendrick played first base since 2006, when he made 25 starts there so that the Angels could get his bat in the lineup with Adam Kennedy entrenched at second base.