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Jason Kendall

Eligible in 2016

DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: January 04, 2015 at 03:41 PM (#4872599)
Could draw some peak voter support
   2. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: January 04, 2015 at 04:31 PM (#4872627)
Would love to see his career play out minus that horrible ankle injury in 1999.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 04, 2015 at 04:47 PM (#4872632)
clearly the catcher on the all crazy team

hmmm, what would be that squad?

   4. toratoratora Posted: January 04, 2015 at 07:10 PM (#4872748)
I dunno Harv. I always thought Daulton had catcher locked
Carlton has to be the ace
   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 04, 2015 at 08:09 PM (#4872865)
tora

no way. kendall from about 2007 on was a powderkeg

so jimmy piersall in center (sorry)

milton bradley in right i imagine
   6. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 04, 2015 at 08:16 PM (#4872872)
Bill "Spaceman" Lee, Rube Wadell in the rotation, Brian Wilson as closer.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 04, 2015 at 08:26 PM (#4872878)
joe charboneau fleshes out the outfield
   8. OCF Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:01 PM (#4872898)
Brian Wilson as closer.

But was the public persona and mound behavior all just an act? If so, he wouldn't be the first relief pitcher with an act. Anyone remember Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky? Heck, long before that, Ryne Duren had an act.

Before settling on an outfield, go to the New Historical Baseball Abstract and read the piece on Mike Donlin. Now that's some high-grade crazy. When I read that piece, I kept thinking of Dennis Rodman.
   9. Lars6788 Posted: January 04, 2015 at 10:27 PM (#4872940)
Kevin Mitchell, Carl Everett and Luke Scott could be in the outfield.
   10. Rennie's Tenet Posted: January 04, 2015 at 10:44 PM (#4872952)
Would love to see his career play out minus that horrible ankle injury in 1999.


Lurker here: Kendall actually came back from the ankle very well, .320/.412/.470 in 152 games in 2000. He sustained a hand injury early in 2001, played the full season with it, and his power disappeared for good.
   11. Harvest Posted: January 04, 2015 at 11:15 PM (#4872972)
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Bobo Newsom. He could slot right into that rotation.
   12. Bleed the Freak Posted: January 04, 2015 at 11:24 PM (#4872976)
Maybe just eccentric, but Julio Zuleta did some Pedro Cerrano type stuff.
   13. Jacob Posted: January 05, 2015 at 03:27 AM (#4873015)
He didn't play for long, but catcher Martin Bergen was definitely "crazy".
   14. jdennis Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:51 AM (#4873031)
The all crazy team needs to be very heavily dead ball era.
   15. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 05, 2015 at 07:58 AM (#4873032)
jd

i feel a bit uncomfortable listing say a rube waddell. the guy wasn't crazy. he just had a real low i.q. by what we can determine.
   16. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 05, 2015 at 08:13 AM (#4873037)
He sustained a hand injury early in 2001, played the full season with it, and his power disappeared for good.


Specifically a torn tendon in his thumb. And the injury happened on opening day, when he tried to block a ball in the dirt, but it was the team's first season in PNC Park and they wanted him as a drawing card, so they let him try and play through it.
   17. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: January 06, 2015 at 01:11 PM (#4874303)
Brian Wilson is crazy in a reality show way.

Which is to say that he is not crazy at all. And that he is incredibly annoying.
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 06, 2015 at 02:02 PM (#4874389)
no way. kendall from about 2007 on was a powderkeg


It was at times legitimately scary how deeply committed Kendall was to playing baseball. I am, to be honest, a little bit surprised that he isn't still playing semi-pro ball in some Third World country and plotting to work his way back up to the Show.
   19. toratoratora Posted: January 06, 2015 at 02:06 PM (#4874411)
From a Calcaterra article;
"Retired Phillies catcher Darren Daulton believes in alchemy, auras, telepathy, energy transfers, astral planes, planetary ascension, and parallel universes. He believes that he had an had out of body experiences while playing at Wrigley Field one day. He believes that the universe is created and sustained by numerical synchronicities — the number 11 is particularly important in his life — and
that all matter is charged with extradimensional vibrational energy. He believes
that his moods have altered the weather before, that the pyramids were created by a lost
civilization — or possibly aliens — and that people with knowledge of the workings of the
universe will ascend to a higher plane of existence on Dec. 21, 2012, at 11:11 a.m."
   20. Death to Flying Things Posted: February 03, 2015 at 09:42 AM (#4892464)
Well, to be perfectly fair, lots of cosmologists believe in parallel universes. And doesn't string theory essentially posit that "all matter is charged with extradimensional vibrational energy"? And hasn't the entire Cubs franchise experienced a century of out of body experiences at Wrigley and at other locations on the North American continent? Is it so hard to believe that a visiting player might succumb to all those vibes?
   21. Russ Posted: February 03, 2015 at 10:32 AM (#4892497)
I didn't know Kendall had written a book... did anyone read it? Is it any good?

Kendall is far and away my favourite player ever. We share a birthday (just one year apart) and he was the most enjoyable part of the late 90's early 00's Pirate teams. That guy had the reddest of asses and you never felt like he was mailing it in, ever.

   22. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 03, 2015 at 10:46 AM (#4892506)
A relevant clip about Kendall, just so you can get a feel for how he played.
   23. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:13 AM (#4899474)
Perhaps someone can find a youtube of the time Kendall blocked the plate with his face.

He was intense.

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