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Adam Kennedy

Free Agent — No. --
Second baseman
Born: January 10, 1976 (1976-01-10) (age 34)
Riverside, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right 
MLB debut
August 21, 1999 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Batting average     .277
Hits     1,270
Doubles     241
Home runs     68
Runs batted in     486
Career highlights and awards

Adam Thomas Kennedy (born January 10, 1976, in Riverside, California) is a free agent Major League Baseball second baseman.



Kennedy attended J.W. North High School in Riverside, California, playing baseball and basketball. He attended Cal State Northridge, where he played shortstop for the Matador baseball squad. He set school records in career hits, RBI and batting average and was a three-time All American. He led the nation in hits as a sophomore and junior.

St. Louis Cardinals

Kennedy was drafted in the first round (twentieth overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1997. He made his major league debut in 1999 for the Cardinals.

Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Kennedy was traded the following year to the Anaheim Angels with Kent Bottenfield for Jim Edmonds.

Kennedy matched a team record with eight RBI against the Blue Jays on April 18, 2000. It was the most RBI by any rookie in one game since Fred Lynn drove in 10 for the Boston Red Sox in 1975.

In Game 5 of the 2002 American League Championship Series against the Minnesota Twins, Kennedy hit three home runs, joining only four other players who hit three homers in a post-season game: Babe Ruth, Bob Robertson, Reggie Jackson and George Brett. Kennedy's performance helped the Angels clinch the American League pennant, and Kennedy was named the series' Most Valuable Player. The Angels went on to beat the San Francisco Giants in seven games in the World Series, earning Kennedy a World Series ring.

The 2002 campaign established Kennedy as a fixture in the Angels infield. However, his declining offensive performance put his status with the club in flux. Before the 2006 season trade deadline, it was rumored that Kennedy would be traded, most notably for Shea Hillenbrand. While the rumors never came to fruition, Kennedy was forced to share the starting second base position, playing in a platoon with rookie Howie Kendrick for the remainder of the season.

The national spotlight shone briefly on Kennedy on August 16, 2006, when he took part in a bench-clearing brawl in the ninth inning of a game between the Texas Rangers and the Angels. Tensions between the two division rivals were already high, as two Rangers starting pitchers — Adam Eaton and Vicente Padilla — had been ejected in previous games that month for throwing at Angels batters. Also, two Angels hurlers (Kevin Gregg and Brendan Donnelly) had already been thrown out of the game for hitting batters, and manager Mike Scioscia and bench coach Ron Roenicke had been ejected as well. Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman hit Kennedy in the buttocks with a fastball with only one out remaining in the game, and his team up 9–3.[1] Kennedy charged the mound, triggering a fight between the 6' 5" Feldman and the 6' 1" Kennedy.[2] As Kennedy charged him, Feldman stood on the mound and threw down his glove, and when Kennedy reached him Feldman then hit Kennedy in the armpit with a punch.[2] Kennedy was suspended for four games for his actions.

Return to St. Louis

On November 28, 2006 he signed a 3-year, $10 million contract with his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

On August 11, 2007, Kennedy was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, an injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the season.[3]

On February 9, 2009, after a year of demanding a trade due to his unfulfilled desire for a starting role on the Cardinals[4], Kennedy was released by the team.[5]

Tampa Bay Rays

He signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays one week later.[6]

Oakland Athletics

On May 8, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Joe Dillon and was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento.[7] His contract was purchased the next day.

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Preceded by
Andy Pettitte
American League Championship Series MVP
Succeeded by
Mariano Rivera


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