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Kenny Rogers | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (50) / 11/10/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman said he has been trying, unsuccessfully, to lure Kenny Rogers into returning for another season with the Tigers.
GM Dave Dombrowski added that Rogers is content to stay home with his family right now, but he doesn't know if Rogers has "made that decision 100 percent." The 44-year-old hasn't made an official announcement, but it looks like the odds are against him returning. Tue, Feb 17, 2009 06:56:00 PM
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Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp said free agent Kenny Rogers has decided to retire.

"He's retired," Knapp said. "His wife says that he's retired. Kenny and I go way back." Rogers went 9-13 with a 5.70 ERA in his age-43 season, but he was believed to be considering re-signing with the Tigers and giving it one more try in 2009.
Sat, Jan 24, 2009 09:16:00 PM

Asked Monday about negotiations with free agent Kenny Rogers, general manager Dave Dombrowski said: "I've not heard a word from him."

Rogers indicated previously that he plans to pitch in 2009, but the 44-year-old may still be deciding what to do after going 9-13 with a 5.70 ERA last season.
Tue, Dec 2, 2008 09:48:00 AM

Kenny Rogers sounds like he's leaning towards coming back for his age-44 season in 2009.

"I know I can pitch," he said. "I could go out and have a great year next year. It can happen." It's supposed to be to Detroit or nothing for Rogers, but the Detroit Free Press believes he hasn't completely ruled out pitching for another team. The Tigers have yet to hear from him since the season ended, so they're not sure of his plans.
Sun, Oct 26, 2008 02:38:00 PM

Kenny Rogers has been shut down for the season after another poor outing in Sunday's doubleheader.

With Fredddy Garcia and Dontrelle Willis back, it seems like the right move. The Tigers didn't say whether there was an injury, but at the very least, Rogers is dealing with some sort of tired arm. He's had very little on his fastball while struggling mightily of late. He finishes his age-43 season 9-13 with a 5.70 ERA. A decision on his future will likely come after the year.
Mon, Sep 15, 2008 07:40:00 PM

Kenny Rogers, who skipped one turn with a sore hip, was pounded for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings by the White Sox tonight in his return to the rotation.

Even as a graybeard, Rogers has typically had average or better velocity for a left-hander. However, he simply doesn't have any bullets left in his arm right now. Maybe a winter off would get him back to where he needs to be to retire major league hitters, but it's not something anyone can count on. Rogers may simply opt to call it a career anyway.
Sun, Sep 14, 2008 11:49:00 PM

Kenny Rogers (hip) will skip his next scheduled start.

"It's not his arm -- I think he needs to freshen up his body a little bit and get his hip a little better," manager Jim Leyland said. Leyland also said there's "a good chance" Nate Robertson will get the nod in his place.
Sat, Sep 6, 2008 10:30:00 AM

After another rough outing Thursday, Kenny Rogers indicated that how he pitches the rest of the way will determine whether he comes back next year.

"I've got to pitch myself into coming back," Rogers said. "I don't want to just hang on to wear the uniform. I'm being realistic in where I am in my age and career." Rogers, who turns 44 in November, will be a free agent this winter. The Tigers have little enough pitching depth that they may decide to bring him back if he finishes well.
Fri, Sep 5, 2008 01:59:00 PM

Kenny Rogers was pounded for six runs in two-plus innings by the Angels on Thursday.

A third straight ugly outing for Rogers, who went without a strikeout for the second time in 29 starts this year. He's now 9-13 with a 5.49 ERA. It's become pretty easy to see why no team wanted him before the Aug. 31 deadline.
Thu, Sep 4, 2008 04:15:00 PM

Kenny Rogers was tagged for six runs and three homers in six innings Saturday in a loss to the Royals.

Three long balls to a team that appears to be on its way to finishing 29th or 30th in home runs for a fourth straight season. It doesn't bode well for Rogers' chances of being traded by Sunday night. He's 9-12 with a 5.23 ERA after taking losses to the Royals in back-to-back outings.
Sat, Aug 30, 2008 10:43:00 PM

According to the Detroit Free Press, Kenny Rogers has been placed on waivers and "could be traded soon."

The deadline to set postseason rosters is Sunday, so any deal would come before then. An impending free agent, Rogers will make around $1.5 million for the remainder of the season and has the ability to veto a trade to six teams, including the Phillies and Rangers. Soon to be 44 years old, Rogers is 9-11 with a 5.09 ERA in 27 starts for the Tigers.
Tue, Aug 26, 2008 09:21:00 AM

Kenny Rogers was rocked for seven runs -- six earned -- over six innings Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the Royals.

Rogers walked four and allowed eight hits. He's 1-3 with a 6.55 ERA against the almighty Royals this season and is now 9-11 with a 5.09 ERA overall. It's tough to imagine him doing much better when he faces the Royals again next weekend.
Sun, Aug 24, 2008 05:34:00 PM

Despite striking out a season-high eight, Kenny Rogers was pounded for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Rays on Saturday.

Rogers entered the night with just 13 percent of his outs coming on strikeouts. It was 73 percent tonight, but he had his worst start of the year anyway.
Sat, Aug 2, 2008 10:08:00 PM

Kenny Rogers pitched the Tigers past the Royals by allowing one run in six innings on Tuesday.

Rogers probably would have thrown one more inning, but there was a long rain delay in the top of the seventh. Rogers improved to 8-6 with a 4.48 ERA. He had been 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA against the light-hitting Royals this season.
Wed, Jul 23, 2008 01:45:00 AM

Kenny Rogers surrendered three runs in six innings to beat the Rockies today.

Rogers gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out a pair. He was only afforded the victory after Dane Sardihna hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth and relievers Freddy Dolsi and Todd Jones combined for three scoreless innings to protect a 4-3 lead. Rogers has six quality starts in his last seven outings.
Sun, Jun 29, 2008 04:36:00 PM

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