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Kennedy was a player for that 2010 Nationals team that could play multiple positions. During that ’10 season, he played 86 games at the second base position, but also played 51 games at first base as well. Washington signed him in the offseason as a free agent after Kennedy spent his first 11 seasons with the Cardinals, Angels, and Athletics. He is more known for his 2002 season as the second baseman won the ALCS MVP and was a part of the Angels run to the World Series title.
The Nationals were bringing in a player with veteran experience that could try to bring a winning culture to Washington. Even though he hit under .250 (.249) with three home runs and 31 seasons that year, take a look at what Kennedy did in the second half of that season.
During those final 2.5 months, Kennedy’s on-base percentage of .339 was third on the team behind Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman. He had five stolen bases (fourth on the team) and hit .256 (fifth on the team).
When you look at his defensive numbers, his total zone runs at second base was fourth in the National League at second base with five (only Chase Utley had more with seven). Of course, Kennedy also had another second baseman as a teammate that has played the position for the last few seasons in Danny Espinosa.
Give Kennedy credit for having some productive numbers at the positons and being a solid veteran in the clubhouse. However, this is another player that Washington got towards the latter stages of their respective careers. Kennedy would play a season for the Mariners and a season for the Dodgers before retiring after the 2012 season.