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Kevin Curtis Kennedy (born May 26, 1954 in Los Angeles, Californiamarker) is a former manager in Americanmarker Major League Baseball and a former television host for Fox Sports' baseball coverage. He was given the nickname "The Skipper" by Fox Sports due to his prior managerial career. Kennedy joined the Tampa Bay Rays broadcast team for the 2009 baseball season as a replacement for Joe Magrane.


Early life and career

Kennedy was a career minor league catcher who played in the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers farm systems. After a very successful career as a manager in the Dodger minor league organization, he briefly served as a player development official and then bench coach for the Montreal Expos.

Managerial career

Texas Rangers

He then was hired to manage the Texas Rangers for the 1993 season after firing Bobby Valentine and Toby Harrah, who were used in the 1992 season. Kennedy was let go following the strike-shortened 1994 season after posting only a 52–62 record (even though, at the time of the strike, it was good enough for first place in the division) and was replaced by Johnny Oates.

Boston Red Sox

For the 1995 season, Kennedy became the manager for the Boston Red Sox (where he led them to their first postseason appearance since 1990 despite ultimately being swept by the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs), but was part of a merry-go-round of manager changes in Boston which also saw the firing of Joe Morgan, Butch Hobson and later Jimy Williams, and Kennedy was fired following the 1996 season.

Broadcasting career

In 1997 Kennedy joined ESPN as a color analyst on the network's Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts, performing the same role on ESPN Radio's Sunday Night Baseball the following year. From 1999 to 2008, he was a studio analyst for baseball on Fox, teaming with host Jeanne Zelasko. He also contributed to Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period and hosted a radio program on FOX Sports Radio, and was a regular co-host of Dodgers Live on Prime Ticket at this time.

Kevin is currently the co-host of Inside Pitch with Jeff Joyce on XM Radio's MLB Home Plate station XM 175 between 1-4 PM EST.

In 2009 Kennedy took a job as a part-time television analyst for the Tampa Bay Rays, sharing the duty with former Rays pitcher Brian Anderson. Kennedy and Anderson both replaced Joe Magrane, who is now a part of the MLB Network.

Kennedy returned to the Dodgers' postgame show for the 2009 postseason.

Managerial records

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Wins Lost Win % Finish Wins Lost Win % Result
TEX 1993 86 76 .531 2st in AL West - - - -
TEX 1994 52 62 .456 1st in AL West - - - -
BOS 1995 86 58 .597 1st in AL East 0 3 .000 Lost ALDS 3-0
BOS 1996 85 77 .525 3rd in AL East - - - -
Total 309 273 .531 - 0 3 .000 -

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