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  1. Yeah, this guy was a joke… if he had played 40 years ago, he’d be a hall of famer. If he had retired 4 years ago, he’d have a career average over .300. Oh, and he could run for a catcher while batting .288, almost getting 2200 hits, and walking more than he struck out.

    Jesus… only a 3 time all-star who had a gun before his twilight years. Disregard his errors, and he was awesome at catcher… he robbed hits, and started more double plays than most catchers ever.

    Comment by Kyle — September 2, 2010 @ 8:41 am

  2. Injuries derailed his potential HOF career. Before the dislocated ankle and then the other thumb injury, he truly was a great all-around player.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — September 2, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  3. Darn, there goes the power.

    Comment by tdotsports — September 2, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  4. i wouldn’t close the book on kendall yet. i doubt the guy is ready to call it quits, and the royals will be eagerly awaiting his return (his veteran presence helps the pitching staff…?)

    Comment by Mike — September 2, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  5. It would be a shame if this was it for Kendall. He’s been one of my favorites for many years. As others have pointed out, he was among the best catchers, and certainly the all-around best, at his peak. If not for the injuries possibly a HOFer. At this point he was only about 25 games caught from passing Gary Carter for fourth all-time behind Rodriguez, Fisk and Boone.

    Comment by Vanslick — September 2, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  6. Are you guys effing serious? HOF my @$$! His first few years were great, no question, but then he fell off a cliff. It’s only thanks to some Re-Animator’s evil magic that he’s continued on. Only twice in the last 10 years did he OPS over 710. The A’s paid him $34 million and he responded by leading the league in GIDP. I can see giving him a tip of the cap for his ability to take a pitch for the team, as his HBP numbers have always been impressive. Other than that maybe he can join David Eckstein and whoever else in the “all-scrappy” team, but other than the delightful “sulk off” moment he gave us, he’ll go down in this A’s fan’s book as a major disappointment. I have no idea how he suckered the Brew Crew and the Royals out of another $11.5 million!

    Comment by James III — September 2, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  7. He was hitting over .300 with above average speed, and a cannon at catcher. 3 time all-star, and if he hadn’t gotten hurt repeatedly, he’d be the guy Mauer is now.

    We all know that with any knowledge of the game… I was saying years back, he’d easily have been a HOF’er, and if it weren’t for so many injuries he’d be one still. Sorry, James III, you must not know baseball.

    Comment by Kyle — September 3, 2010 @ 2:26 am

  8. You should give James III a break. Although I agree that he’s way overreacting, us A’s fans have our memories of him dominated by the not so good years. I was hopeful that he wouldn’t drop off so much from his last years on the Pirates, but unfortunately the injuries, age and ballpark were not kind to his move to the A’s.

    One point on which James III is utterly wrong, it’s not Kendall’s fault that he had a giant contract. The A’s chose to take it on (it was a contract swap for Mark Redman if I remember correctly), well aware they were overpaying for what he had left in the tank.

    Comment by Jason — September 3, 2010 @ 5:52 am

  9. Reply fail. That was in reply to Kyle.

    Comment by Jason — September 3, 2010 @ 5:53 am

  10. Kendall was one of my favorites for a long time… but what “cannon arm” are you guys talking about? The knock on the guy early in his career was that even though he called a good game, he was easy to run on.

    Later in his career, other than a really out-of-place looking 43% CS rate in 2008, looks like his overall CS% is around 25%, which is slightly below average.

    Comment by ToddM — September 3, 2010 @ 7:32 am

  11. Fangraphs does have CS stats from the beginning of his career — a little better than I thought, but still nothing approaching a cannon. His best year was his all-around phenomenal 1999, in which he nailed 30/69 runners. Most years he was under 33%.

    Comment by ToddM — September 3, 2010 @ 7:35 am

  12. Right, I don’t know baseball, because I don’t quote advanced metrics like batting average, I guess? Thanks for the defense below, Jason, but I think any objective look at the analytics shows that the guy’s been barely average for most of his career. Above replacement level, certainly, but light years from the HOF unless you’re looking at durability.

    And just out of curiosity, Kyle, why the need to be snide?

    Comment by James III — September 9, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

  13. Yes, we are effing serious! As I stated, “if not for all of the injuries possibly a HOFer”. And as another poster stated “Injuries derailed a possible HOF career”. You notice that we all say “possible” and we all point out the injuries Kendall suffered after which he wasn’t even close to the same ballplayer as before. You yourself point out that “he fell off a cliff”. Well yes, BECAUSE of the injuries!

    Kendall OPSed .773 (as a rookie), then .825, .884, .939 (the year he almost tore his ankle off), then .882 (with a broken bone in his hand all season, which subsequently robbed him of all his power). Then he fell off a cliff as you say and was never the same. Which, redundantly, is why some of the above posters, myself included, said if not for all of the injuries he could have possibly been a HOFer. I don’t see why that is a ridiculous statement.

    Comment by Vanslick — September 13, 2010 @ 5:32 pm

  14. He was one hell of a QB in high school. Yes, he did go to the same HS that I did. He gave it his best at all times and you can’t refute that fact. The job of catcher is one tough career and I think he’s done well. Heck, 36 years old? financially, he’ll be fine. I actually played catch with his dad while little Jason watched. C’mon you guys, he was a team player and gave it his best. good luck to the lad.

    Comment by Dave M. — November 4, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

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