Killericon selects P Kenny Rogers.
Signed to the Texas farm team when he was only seventeen years old, he was converted into a pitcher on the strength of his throwing arm and left-handedness.
During his career, he has played for the Texas Rangers (1989–95, 2000–02, 2004–05), the New York Yankees (1996–97), Oakland Athletics (1998–99), the New York Mets (1999), the Minnesota Twins (2003), and the Detroit Tigers (2006).
Rogers became the fourteenth major leaguer to pitch a perfect game on July 28, 1994 with the Rangers against the California Angels.
Rogers has also won four Gold Glove Awards at pitcher with the Rangers in 2000, 2002, 2004 & 2005.
* Prior to the start of the game Detroit Tigers Kenny Rogers receives the Rawlings Golden Glove Award from HOF Al Kaline Friday night at Comerica Park in Detroit May 19, 2006
* Kenny Rogers with his fifth Golden Glove Award.
200 Career Wins
On Sunday June 18, 2006 Kenny Rogers won his 200th game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, during which Detroit set a club record with eight home runs. With the 12-3 victory, Rogers (10-3) became the ninth active pitcher with at least 200 wins.
He is the only left-handed pitcher selected for each of the last two All-Star Games. It was announced on 2 July 2006 that he has also been selected for the 2006 AL squad, and was American League manager Ozzie Guillen's pick for starting pitcher. In his first All-Star Game start, he pitched two innings and gave up three hits and one run -- a solo home run to David Wright).
Rogers had refused to talk to local media during the 2005 season after they published a report saying Rogers was having trouble trying to get the Rangers to give him a contract extension, and that he would retire if he didn't get one.
On June 29, 2005, after walking out onto Ameriquest Field for a pre-game warmup against the Los Angeles Angels, Rogers shoved two cameramen, knocking a camera to the ground. One of the reporters then resumed filming and Rogers shoved him again, this time kicking the camera after it had been knocked to the ground a second time. He had to be restrained and was sent home. Larry Rodriguez of Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex' Fox Network affiliate KDFW was taken to a local hospital, complaining of shoulder, arm and leg pain. While in the hospital, Rodriguez made an official complaint of assault against Rogers.
On July 1, 2005, Commissioner Bud Selig suspended Rogers for 20 games and fined him $50,000. While an appeal of his suspension was pending, Rogers appeared at the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit.
On July 18, 2005, Rogers was charged with a Class A misdemeanor assault charge with regard to Rodriguez and a Class C misdemeanor assault charge with regard to FSN Southwest cameraman David Mammeli. Rogers was cited and released on $1,500 bond.
On July 22, 2005, Selig heard Rogers' appeal of his suspension; on July 27, Selig upheld the suspension. However, on August 9, 2005, independent arbitor Shyam Das ruled that Selig's actions exceeded his authority and Rogers was reinstated effective the next day. Das also ruled the $50,000 fine be converted to a charitable contribution. In all, Rogers' suspension lasted 13 games.
On August 11, 2005, Rogers returned to the mound against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. Rogers allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings, on the way to a 16-5 Boston victory. He finished 2005 with a 3.46 ERA in 195 1/3 innings. Shortly after the regular season ended, the Rangers announced Rogers would not return to the team.
On October 5, 2005, Rodriguez filed a civil suit against Rogers and the Rangers, seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages.
On March 26, 2006, Rogers reached an agreement with the prosecution; that if he completed an anger management course within four months, the Class A misdemeanor would be reduced to a Class C misdemeanor.
On December 8, 2005, Rogers signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Detroit Tigers. Ironically, he would be playing in the same stadium where fans (whom he saluted by taking off his cap) booed him sporadically at the All-Star Game five months previously. He was booed because if he'd decided against participating in the game, Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman would've been chosen to replace him, which is what Detroit fans wanted. Instead, Rogers took his place on the All-Star roster, leaving Bonderman with a long weekend off. Perhaps he was also booed because of the camera incident (see above).
As of August 2, 2006, Rogers is 11-5 with a 4.63 ERA.
"We've needed a guy like that for a long time. I'm glad we went out and got him. ... He means a lot to our team and to guys like me." -- Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman, on Kenny Rogers
* Rogers secured the role of starting pitcher in the 2006 All-Star Game.