ANAHEIM, CA – The Angels today announced the club has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with All-Star infielder Howie Kendrick. Today’s announcement was made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Kendrick, 28, spent his sixth season with the Angels in 2011 batting .285 (153/537) with 86 runs, 30 doubles, six triples, 18 home runs and 63 RBI in 140 games. He set career bests in several categories including runs, triples and home runs.
Named to his first career All-Star team in 2011, Kendrick became the first Angel second baseman named to the Mid-Summer Classic since Johnny Ray in 1988. His .285 average ranked third among A.L. second basemen behind Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano. At second base, he committed just four errors in 482 total chances (.992). The .992 fielding pct. led all A.L. second basemen and was the second-best single-season fielding pct. by a Halo second baseman (Bobby Grich, .997 in 1985).
The Jacksonville, FL native owns a .292 career batting average to rank fourth all-time in Angels’ history (min. 2,400 at-bats). Entering 2012, his 552 career games played at second base are fifth most in club annals (Sandy Alomar is 4th w/ 703 games).