June 26, 1974 |
San Diego, California
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 1, 1996 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 30, 2010 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||744|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school 
Kendall attended and played at Torrance High School in California, where he tied a national high school record by hitting safely in 43 straight games. He was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft (23rd overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Professional career 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1996–2004) 
Kendall made his major league debut 1996. In his rookie year, he hit .300, made the National League All-Star Team, and was named NL rookie of the year by The Sporting News (he finished third in voting for the MLB Rookie of the Year award). He was also an All-Star in 1998 and 2000.
From 2002 through 2004, Kendall led all major league catchers in games and innings behind the plate. He is the Pirates' all-time leader in games caught.
Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs (2005–2007) 
During the 2005 season, Kendall struggled at the plate. His .321 slugging percentage was the worst (by 20 points) among all major league players who qualified for the batting title. His .271 batting average was the second-lowest of his career. In the field, he allowed 101 stolen bases, more than any other catcher in major league baseball. However, he did bat leadoff for Oakland, something that is very rare to see out of a baseball catcher.
The 2006 season marked Kendall's first ever post-season appearance, as the Athletics clinched the 2006 American League Western Division championship on September 26. He recorded his first playoff hit in the second game of the American League Division Series off Minnesota's Boof Bonser.
During a game against the Angels on May 2, 2006 Kendall was involved in another benches-clearing incident. John Lackey threw a pitch that started high and inside to Kendall, and then broke back towards the plate. Kendall stepped out of the batter's box and began yelling at Lackey, who told him to stop leaning over the plate with his elbow guard sticking out, trying to be hit by a pitch (as Kendall has been known to do throughout his career). Kendall then charged the mound and wrestled with the 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Lackey. The two spun around as catcher Jeff Mathis fell behind Kendall who was then punched in the ribs by Lackey, and the two tumbled to the ground.
On July 16, 2007, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs for fellow catcher Rob Bowen and minor league pitcher Jerry Blevins. At the time of the trade, Kendall had the lowest on base percentage (.261) and second lowest slugging percentage (.281) of any starter in major league baseball for 2007. In the field he allowed 111 stolen bases (131 attempts, 20 caught), more than any other catcher in major league baseball.
Milwaukee Brewers (2008–2009) 
On November 21, 2007, Kendall agreed to a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. Kendall threw out roughly 40% of base stealers in 2008. Upon making his 110th start of the 2008 season, Kendall fulfilled the option in his contract, securing himself a spot in the Brewers lineup in 2009.
On May 18, 2009, Kendall recorded his 2,000th career hit, becoming the eighth full-time catcher to reach that milestone.
In 2009 he had the lowest slugging percentage of any starter in the major leagues, at .305.
During his two years with the Brewers his AVG, OBP, and SLG were .244, .329, and .315.
Kansas City Royals (2010–2012) 
Kendall underwent season-ending surgery on September 3, 2010, on his right shoulder after an MRI exam revealed extensive tearing in his rotator cuff. He missed the entire 2011 season, because of this injury. He became a free agent after the 2011 season.
Playing Style 
Kendall is known to be a fundamentally-sound catcher with a good arm, very good at blocking pitches, and handles a pitching staff very well. At the plate, Kendall is known for his very opened stance and is a great contact hitter who tends to "crowd" the plate, with little power. He was known to not utilize batting gloves while at the plate. He is also known to be fiercely competitive and has been involved in several bench- clearing brawls. Kendall has also quietly become a consistent target for being hit by pitches; he has been beaned 254 times, good for sixth all time.
See also 
- Hitting for the cycle
- List of second generation Major League Baseball players
- List of Major League Baseball players with 2000 hits
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- "Kendall's Cycle Powers Pirates' 13–1 Romp". Los Angeles Times. 2000-05-20. Retrieved 2011-07-03.
- "Pirates Sign Kendall To 6-Year Contract". The New York Times. 2000-11-18. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- "Jason Kendall Statistics". Sports Reference, Inc. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- Urban, Mychael (July 16, 2007). "A's deal catcher Kendall to Cubs". MLB.com. Retrieved 2007-07-16.
- "Kendall, Brewers agree in principle". MLB.com. November 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
- Associated Press (2008-05-18). "Looper shuts down former team as Gamel lifts Brewers with first MLB homer". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- Batting Stats - 2009," ESPN, accessed October 9, 2009
- Royals sign catcher Jason Kendall to two-year contract
- "Kendall's season over for Royals; surgery scheduled", Wichita Eagle and Kansas.com, Sept. 1, 2010.
- Calcaterra, Craig. "Royals Sign Jason Kendall for some reason". Retrieved 19 July 2012.
- Neyer, Rob. "Jason Kendall Calls Off Comeback". Retrieved 14 July 2012.
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