Ian Kennedy fell in love with closing, and that romance has saved his Royals career

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Ian Kennedy fell in love with closing, and that romance has saved his Royals career
Ian Kennedy fell in love with closing, and that romance has saved his Royals career

Ian Kennedy spent last offseason training to return from injury as a starter, having held that role throughout his MLB career. He entered the spring in a good physical place despite recent hamstring and oblique strains. But the 34-year-old received news he didn't expect — or want to hear — when he arrived at Royals camp. General manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Cal Eldred informed him he would serve as a relief pitcher moving forward. From an organizational perspective, it made sense for Kansas City to try something else. Kennedy had pitched to a 5.06 ERA the previous two years, and his durability waned in that time. The rebuilding Royals were eager to provide more starts

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