Many readers out there may have thought Jason Kendall was already retired. But he was actually active until Tuesday afternoon, when the Royals announced that Kendall has now officially retired.
Kendall had season-ending surgery on his shoulder (rotator cuff) in September of 2010 and then missed all of 2011 while recovering from the procedure. This season, he was playing for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Or, more specifically, he played in two games and had three plate appearances after signing a minor-league deal July 19. He’s now called it quits for good.
What Kendall should see when he reflects back on his playing career is a body of work that should make him very proud.
A three-time All-Star catcher, Kendall got the most out of his talent from behind the plate, in the batters box and on the basepaths. He ends with a career .288 batting average and .366 on-base percentage, which is very good for a catcher. The counting stats aren’t bad, either, as Kendall collected 2,195 hits, 1,030 runs, 394 doubles and 189 stolen bases in his 15-year career. He also was hit by a pitch 254 times, ranking him fifth all-time behind Hughie Jennings, Craig Biggio, Tommy Tucker and Don Baylor.
Posted: July 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM | 54 comment(s)
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