Howie Kendrick made a mockery of minor league pitching as he climbed the ranks of the Angels organization from 2002-06. He flirted with .400 on occasion and never hit below .342 for a season in the minors.
Hes been a steady bat in the Angels lineup through seven big league seasons, but theres more about him than just baseball.
He learned to ride a bike at the age of two
And he was self-taught, without training wheels, no less. Kendrick watched his older cousins playing around and riding bikes and picked it up.
I would get in between the bike handlebars and I could hold on to the bike and I would peddle, he said. So, what happened was the sprocket would hit my diaper and it would shred it.
Which inevitably led to his childhood nickname: Sloppy
It was the nickname given to him by family members. Kendrick was an active kid, to say the least, and involved in all types of outdoor activities growing up in Florida.
I was always dirty because I was always outside playing around a...