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Kendall's career likely over

Posted on: July 7, 2011 7:48 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 7:51 pm
By Matt Snyder

Royals catcher Jason Kendall was trying to battle back from a shoulder injury until the results of an MRI came back Thursday. The news is probably career-ending. He has tears in two tendons in his right shoulder and will have surgery next Wednesday in Los Angeles. He's out for this season and likely all of 2012.

“That takes him out of the picture for this year and out of the picture for next year,” manager Ned Yost said (Kansas City Star). “I think it’s more a quality-of-life surgery so he can have function in his shoulder.”

At age 37, this probably means the end of Kendall's career. Yost stopped short of explicitly saying so, but it sounds like the end.

“They’re going to have to reattach those (tendons) to see if they hold this time,” Yost said (KC Star). “They didn’t hold last time. The odds of them holding this time, in a baseball setting, probably aren’t really good.”

Kendall is a three-time All-Star who has put together an admirable 15-year career. He's caught over 2,000 big-league games and amassed 2,195 career hits with a .288 average and .366 on-base percentage. He also had great speed for a catcher, stealing 189 bases. Oh, and he's also fifth in major-league history with 254 hit-by-pitches.

We obviously can't say Kendall's career is 100 percent concluded, but it will be a long road back.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:14 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:40 am

Kendall's career likely over

In the first instance My family and i if you pay send in using different blogs, but nevertheless , I'd personally need to express that this certainly burdened me to to handle and thus. Also amazing review!

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:00 pm

Kendall's career likely over

Not to knock Kendall because he was humongously respected on every team on which he played, but this goes down as THE worst Dayton Moore move.
John Buck and Miguel Olivo played out their contracts. They signed with other teams, and their combined salaries were equal (roughly) to the salary of Jason Kendall. Both Buck and Olivo had their career best season (which was predictable given their age and experience) and Kendall had his worst partial season (which was also predictable given his age, experience, and injuries). What I mean to say is: This outcome was really, really obvious to even the most casual fan.
I loved Kendall for the couple years he caught for the A's - and he was already breaking down - but everybody could see this one.
So, this is on Dayton Moore's record:
1) Mark Teahen for Chris Getz Out. Teahen hasn't done much since, but he was absolutely the best player on KC at the time. He would have cost the same and they are the same age. Stupid move.
2) DDJ for Vin Mazzaro. I still think Mazzaro could be okay, but again, at the time, DeJesus was the best player on the team. Mazzaro may make the rotation someday, but I doubt he will ever be one of the best pitchers on the team.
3) Callaspo for Sean O'Sullivan. Callaspo is the player that almost every team in the big leagues needs right now: a good hitter. Yeah, he is a lousy fielder, but in the post-steroid stats age, notice how even the good teams are clamoring to trade for a hitter? The Phillies are one of the best in all of baseball, and they are desperate for a hitter. How good would Callaspo for Blanton look to the Royals. While O'Sullivan may someday become a back-end starter (with KC using a 6 man rotation, I guess that makes him a #6 starter. Ha! A new designation.), Blanton would instantly become the ace of the staff. Callaspo, by the way, was not in his contract year. They traded him one year early, just to be sure to get the jump on the O'Sullivan sweepstakes.
4) And the topper is signing Kendall while allowing Buck and Olivo to walk for the same amount of money.

Yes, the upcoming young players give some hope, but drafting Moustakas, Hosmer, Myers....those weren't difficult choices. Its not like it took a genius GM to find those guys while drafting #1 overall year after year.

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:29 pm

Kendall's career likely over

 The injury he sustained in 99' was just devestating to his career, he was on his way to being one of the great all-around catchers in history. After the injury he was pretty much just a singles hitter, too bad cause before, he hit for avg., alot of 2b's, decent amount of hr's and would have stolen more bases than any catcher ever. Good luck Jason.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 9:36 pm

Kendall's career likely over

Dam(n)---I'm getting old. Nice carrer Jason. We'll miss you!

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