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But it was baseball that would define Kennard’s future.
A 6-foot-2, 220-pound pitcher, Kennard was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 40th round of the June 2000 MLB amateur draft after graduation from high school. He attended Rend Lake College (Ill.) and signed with the Yankees in 2001.
Switched to a reliever, he played nine seasons for MLB affiliates. He was 3-1 for Cincinnati Reds affiliate and Class AAA Louisville Bats in 2009.
According to his biography, Kennard was an All-Star at the single A, AA and AAA levels. Added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster in 2008, he was then traded to the California Angels for catcher Jose Molina.
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Most recently Kennard was owner and operator of Pauer Sports in Centerville, a personal training facility with a specialty in youth pitching.
Kennard is survived by his wife, Kate Kennard, and two children. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, Dayton. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tobias.
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