From BR Bullpen
Jason Daniel Kendall
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- High School Torrance High School
 Biographical Information
Jason Kendall has played twelve seasons in the major leagues as a catcher. He is unusual as a catcher in that he has a lifetime batting average near .300 and steals bases well, with 162 in his career through 2007 (his speed is pretty much gone by now, though). While he doesn't have much power, he draws walks well and rarely strikes out.
He swings one of the lightest bats in the majors - 30 oz sometimes 29.7 oz.
He is also almost always among the league leaders in hit-by-pitch, and ranks in the top ten all-time in that category.
A three-time All Star, he has been in the top ten in batting three times.
The year 2006, when he played for the Oakland Athletics, was his first year on a division-winning team. That year, Kendall became the first catcher to catch 140 games in a season 8 times. He returned to the playoffs in 2007, when he finished the season with the Chicago Cubs, but he missed the 140-game mark by 8, after having lost playing in the early part of the season when his batting average dipped to .226 with the Athletics. He signed with the Milwaukee Brewers after the season. In 2009, Kendall became the 8th player in MLB history to collect 2,000 hits while playing mostly catcher. He followed Ivan Rodriguez, Ted Simmons, Carlton Fisk, Yogi Berra, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter and Johnny Bench.
"It feels exactly the way I thought it would feel, only better. A lot better." - Jason Kendall, who had never been in post-season play, on his feelings about the A's clinching the division title
Kendall and Kansas City Royals teammate Willie Bloomquist have become good friends and together are vying to represent the United States in the 2018 Olympics in two-man bobsled. He also loves to surf, and does so most days during the off-season.
 Notable Achievements
- 1995 MVP Southern League Carolina Mudcats
- 1996 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 3-time NL All-Star (1996, 1998 & 2000)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2000)
 Further Reading
- Jason Kendall and Lee Judge: Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played, St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2014. ISBN 978-1250031839