Jason Kendall Retires

TUESDAY, July 24th: Kendall has retired, according to a Royals press release. He played in two games before retiring, collecting one single in three trips to the plate.

THURSDAY, July 19th: The Royals announced that they signed veteran catcher Jason Kendall to a minor league contract. Kendall will report to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he's scheduled to start tomorrow night.

Kendall missed the end of the 2010 season and all of the 2011 season to recover from shoulder surgery. The 38-year-old is a three-time All-Star who ranks fifth all-time with 2,025 games caught. Kendall posted a .256/.318/.297 batting line for the Royals in 2010, his last season in the Major Leagues.


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42 Comments on "Jason Kendall Retires"


twenty1thirteen
3 years 1 month ago

Please tell me it’s so he can retire a Royal, but that makes about as much sense as the signing in the first place.

BetweenNames
3 years 1 month ago

Just another move that makes you scratch your head as a Royals fan…

3 years 1 month ago

Not really at all. More of a good move he will stay in the minors and help our young pitching out.

Tyler Andula
3 years 1 month ago

I’m guessing this is a move that eventually turns into him having a coaching job. He’ll be a good presence for the young pitching staff. Maybe a desperation move hoping he can help fix Mike Montgomery.

Otis26
3 years 1 month ago

Agree totally. I think he’ll make a great coach.

3 years 1 month ago

One of the few people that know what they are talking about here.

3 years 1 month ago

Hahahaha.

ARod's Ring
3 years 1 month ago

Kendall? as in Jason Kendall? Now I understand why all of their frustrations fell on Cano… right now I just feel sorry for KC fans.

BetweenNames
3 years 1 month ago

I got it! The Rays are looking for a catcher and relievers for Shields or Hellickson… Sooooo are they are going to move Brayan Pena, Jonathan Broxton and our new lottery pick for Shields or Hellickson? J/k

haymaker9
3 years 1 month ago

That scenario (or similar) probably isn’t as crazy as you think. Any Royals catcher beyond Salvador Perez is strictly a back-up, so Pena could easily become trade-bait. If not the Rays, the Nationals want a catcher, so maybe GMDM is working on a trade involving Pena + other(s) for Ross Detwiler or something.

3 years 1 month ago

Honest question, who has more trade value Pena or Pina?

haymaker9
3 years 1 month ago

Depends on who is placing the value. Pina is 25 and in AA, while Pena has plenty of MLB experience and is 30 years old. The Nationals definitely want an experienced guy for right now, as they have multiple catchers injured. Pina is younger and seems to be having an OK season this year, but his career minor league stats aren’t too impressive.

3 years 1 month ago

I don’t think you can call this season OK for Pina, since he was injured for almost all of it. He’s only been back for a few weeks

BetweenNames
3 years 1 month ago

I would say Manny Pina does because of his age, defense and upside. Depends on what a team is looking for though… Pena has experience and may be the better hitter of the two but he is not as strong in the defense department as Manny Pina.

Demaroth
3 years 1 month ago

Jesus, I thought he was retired.

3 years 1 month ago

I really Jason Kendall and I hope he makes it back soon!

Brian
3 years 1 month ago

Nice signing…15 years ago.

CitizenLoonie
3 years 1 month ago

Will he be swinging his walking cane at the plate?

MetsMagic
3 years 1 month ago

Well, okay. Maybe they have something, signing aged occasional all stars who haven’t been in the game in over a year. They could replace Yuni Betancourt with Mark Grudzielanek, shore up the rotation with Kenny Rogers and Tim Wakefield, and add Troy Percival to the bullpen. Makes about as much sense.

Andrew Cross
3 years 1 month ago

An old person joke that didn’t include a Moyer mention? Good on you, sir.

goner
3 years 1 month ago

Kenny Rogers? That’d be a gamble.

MUCHRIS64
3 years 1 month ago

Great chicken though….

RFsnapple
3 years 1 month ago

great career, time to retire when you just slugged .297.

Michael Son
3 years 1 month ago

Good to see Kendall land somewhere. Always a grinder and class act.

3 years 1 month ago

what a badass

Red_Line_9
3 years 1 month ago

Frank White can’t get in Kauffman Stadium, but you can’t keep Jason Kendall out. What a World!

johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

Rick Dempsey caught Jim Palmer’s 1st pitch before an Orioles game over the weekend. Could The Dempster be contemplating a comeback also? He’s only 62..

Bender44
3 years 1 month ago

Wait what year is this?

/reads next note on Jamie Moyer

Ahh…back to 1997. Awesome. Think of all the tail I’ll get in high school this time around!!!

/Leaves house
/Get immediately arrested

Wesley Hofmann
3 years 1 month ago

Could be worse, could be Kurt Suzuki…

3 years 1 month ago

Only a few people here know what they are talking about here. Montgomery has been a big prospect for us that has been terrible. Kendall eventually will coach, so he can help our young pitching out. We already have Perez not needing anything more out of Kendall.

Otis26
3 years 1 month ago

Goodbye. You are a warrior and good luck. Hope you’re coaching with the Royals soon.