Darryl Kennedy

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Biographical Information[edit]


Catcher Darryl Kennedy was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 37th round of the 1991 amateur draft. He spent six seasons in their farm system, before ending his career in the San Francisco Giants organization, making it as far as AAA (where he hit .307 in 1996). For his seven year minor league career, Kennedy hit .251/.324/.334 while appearing in 471 games.


After retiring Kennedy began a long career managing in the minor leagues, first in the Texas Rangers organization and then with the Kansas City Royals. Kennedy's managerial record is detailed below. In his early years with the Rangers his teams were very successful, making the playoffs in each of his first six seasons. During this run he won league championships in the Gulf Coast League (twice), Florida State League, and Northwest League. Though some of his later teams made the playoffs, he did not win any more championships after 2003. In his 22 seasons as a manager, Kennedy compiled a record of 1,016-955.

In addition to his managing, Kennedy coached briefly with the major league club when he spent three weeks with the Royals in September 2011 after rosters expanded. Kennedy's last year of managing was in 2019 with the AA Northwest Arkansas Naturals. In 2020, one source indicated that Kennedy was a minor league fielding coordinator for the Royals. However, he was not listed as such when the Royals announced their minor league coaches and coordinators prior to the season.

Starting in 2021, Kennedy worked as a bench coach for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). In an effort to rebuild the Eagles, management brought four American coaches onboard - manager Carlos Subero, Kennedy, hitting coach Johnny Washington, and pitching coach Jose Rosado. Washington returned to the U.S. after one season. The attempt to rebuild was unsuccessful and Subero, Kennedy, and Rosado were all fired on May 11, 2023.

Kennedy returned to the U.S. and joined the Oakland Athletics organization in 2024 as an assistant hitting coach for the Midland RockHounds.

In addition to his U.S. and South Korea endeavors, Kennedy has considerable experience coaching in the Venezuelan League. This list might not be complete.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1998 GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League 34-26 3rd (t) Texas Rangers League Champs
1999 GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League 37-23 2nd Texas Rangers Lost in 1st round
2000 GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League 38-18 1st Texas Rangers League Champs
2001 Charlotte Rangers Florida State League 67-70 10th Texas Rangers Lost in 1st Round
2002 Charlotte Rangers Florida State League 84-56 1st Texas Rangers League Champs
2003 Spokane Indians Northwest League 50-26 1st Texas Rangers League Champs
2004 Spokane Indians Northwest League 41-35 3rd (t) Texas Rangers
2005 Frisco RoughRiders Texas League 58-82 8th Texas Rangers
2006 Frisco RoughRiders Texas League 72-68 5th Texas Rangers
2007 Burlington Royals Appalachian League 38-30 3rd Kansas City Royals
2008 Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League 69-71 5th Kansas City Royals Lost in 1st round
2009 Idaho Falls Chukars Pioneer League 43-31 2nd Kansas City Royals
2010 AZL Royals Arizona League 31-25 5th Kansas City Royals
2011 AZL Royals Arizona League 22-34 11th Kansas City Royals
2012 AZL Royals Arizona League 23-32 9th Kansas City Royals
2013 AZL Royals Arizona League 22-33 12th Kansas City Royals
2014 Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League 65-72 5th(t) Kansas City Royals
2015 AZL Royals Arizona League 40-16 1st Kansas City Royals Lost in 2nd round
2016 AZL Royals Arizona League 31-24 2nd (t) Kansas City Royals Lost in 2nd round
2017 AZL Royals Arizona League 26-30 9th (t) Kansas City Royals
2018 Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League 68-72 5th Kansas City Royals
2019 Northwest Arkansas Naturals Texas League 57-81 8th Kansas City Royals

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