HOUSTON — To outsiders, Howie Kendrick was easy to ignore on the Washington Nationals. He does not have the nine-figure contracts that four of his teammates possess. He’s only been an All-Star once.

At 36, he is practically the epitome of an itinerant veteran, a man who considered retirement three years ago until he found a club that held his experience in high regard. And yet even in Washington, Kendrick had no future beyond 2019, not even a permanent position on the field.

Until he forged one himself: Savior. 

Kendrick’s glorious run through the playoffs was capped in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the World Series, when he turned what seemed certain defeat for the Washington Nationals into the first championship in

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