The 2018 Tucson Youth Baseball Experience will be Adam Kennedy’s 2nd appearance at the event. His 14 years of Major League experience, knowledge of hitting and infield will be excellent for kids of all ages to learn from
Kennedy was drafted in the first round (twentieth overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1997 MLB draft. In 1999 with the Memphis Redbirds he hit .327 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI. He was selected as a Pacific Coast LeagueAll-Star, Baseball America first-team Minor League All-Star and Triple-A All-Star
He made his major league debut on August 21, 1999, for the Cardinals against the New York Mets at second base. He was hitless in four at-bats in that game. His first Major League hit was a three RBI double to left field on August 22 off of Orel Hershiser of the Mets. His first home run came on August 31 against Brian Meadows of the Florida Marlins. He appeared in 33 games for the Cards with a .255 batting average that season.
Kennedy was traded the following year to the Anaheim Angels with Kent Bottenfield for Jim Edmonds.
In Game 5 of the 2002 American League Championship Series against the Minnesota Twins, Kennedy hit three home runs, joining only eight other players who hit three homers in a post-season game: Babe Ruth, Bob Robertson, Reggie Jackson, George Brett, Adrián Beltré, Albert Pujols, Pablo Sandoval, and Jose Altuve. 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.
In seven seasons with the Angels, Kennedy hit .280 in 992 games, with 51 home runs and 353 RBI.
On November 28, 2006, he signed a 3-year, $10 million contract with his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals. After Adam’s tenure in St. Louis, he went on to finish his career playing for the Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Dodgers.