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LHP -- 2001-07
2001-03 Tampa Bay
A left-hander, Kennedy broke into the majors in 2001 with the Devil Rays. In three full seasons with Tampa Bay he made 72 starts, compiling an 18-31 record. Godfrey said he didn't have any particulars on the cause of death. "When a 28-year-old man dies, it's terrible," he said. Florida Marlins vice president Dan Jennings, who was Tampa Bay's scouting director when the Rays selected Kennedy in the eighth round of the 1998 draft, learned of Kennedy's death Friday morning from Craig Weissmann -- the scout who signed Kennedy out of Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif. "There are no words to describe this,'' Jennings told ESPN.com. "It's very, very tragic. My condolences go out to him and his family.'' Jennings said he remembers Kennedy primarily for his competitiveness on the mound. "Joe was on a mission from the moment we signed him, and that mission was to be a major league pitcher,'' Jennings said. "He was very much a competitive kid who liked challenging hitters.
|Joe Kennedy's best season was 2006, when he was 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 39 games for Oakland.|