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Nats playoff hero Howie Kendrick announces retirement from MLB

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Former All-Star and 2019 World Series champion Howie Kendrick announced Monday that he will be retiring from baseball after 15 years in the majors. The 2002 10th-round pick of the Anaheim Angels played for four different teams, accumulating 1,747 hits and 127 home runs across more than 1,600 regular season games.

Kendrick, 37, spent the final three and a half years of his career with the Nationals. It was in D.C. where he became a playoff hero, sending the Nationals to the NLCS with an extra-inning grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS before hitting a go-ahead home run in Game 7 of the World Series. In between those homers, he hit .333 with four RBIs and four runs scored in the NLCS to claim series MVP.

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“Last but not least, my Beloved Washington Nationals, thank you for embracing me as one of your own,” Kendrick wrote on Instagram. “I feel as though I’d been a National my whole career and the wild, humbling and crazy ride we had in 2019 truly culminated everything I’d learned in my career, and we all became World Champions.”

Washington re-signed Kendrick to a one-year deal for 2020, but injuries limited him to just 25 games during the pandemic-shortened season. He originally announced his intent to sign with an MLB club earlier this offseason but evidently changed his mind.