Phillies hire Nats hero Howie Kendrick to front office role

Howie Kendrick

As the Phillies continue to build their front office around President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski, they've turned to a familiar face for Nationals fans. 

Howie Kendrick, former Nationals infielder and postseason hero, has joined the Phillies' front office as a special assistant to general manager Sam Fuld.

Kendrick spent the final three-plus years of his career with the Nationals and retired from baseball following the 2020 season. Before landing in D.C., Kendrick spent part of the 2017 season with the Phillies before he was traded for cash and a minor leaguer who has not made it to the majors yet. 

With the Nationals, Kendrick hit .316 with a .873 OPS in 238 games. However, his biggest contributions came during the 2019 postseason, where he delivered several clutch hits, including a grand slam in Game 5 of the NLDS and the go-ahead home run in Game 7 of the World Series. He was also named NLCS MVP after hitting .333 with four doubles in Washington's four-game sweep of St. Louis. 

This isn't the first hire Philadelphia has made this offseason with D.C. ties. Former hitting coach Kevin Long joined the Phillies in October after a four-year run with the Nats starting in 2017. 

Philadelphia is coming off an 82-80 campaign where they finished second in the NL East behind the eventual champion Atlanta Braves. They haven't made the playoffs in 10 years.