Former Rockies Pitcher Joe Kennedy Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Major leaguer and former Colorado Rockies pitcher Joe Kennedy has died in Tampa, Florida.

He was 28.

Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter says Kennedy passed out at home and was brought to a hospital.

Kennedy agent Damon Lapa told ESPN.com that Kennedy died while at home with family in Florida.

Kennedy was 43-and-61 in seven major league seasons with the Rockies, as well as the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays.

He had a 4.79 ERA, pitching 908-and-two-thirds innings over 222 career appearances.

ESPN.com first reported the news of his death.

Kennedy made his major league debut in June 2001 and made his last appearance in relief on September 29th in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

He started the 2007 season with Oakland, appearing in 27 games. Claimed off waivers by Arizona in August, he was released on August 15th after just three appearances.

The Blue Jays signed him August 29th, and Kennedy got his first win as a Blue Jay on September 21st at the New York Yankees.

Oakland assistant general manager David Forst told ESPN.com that Kennedy was "a guy we loved having around."


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