ROYALS SIGN JASON KENDALL TO TWO-YEAR CONTRACT
The Kansas City Royals today signed catcher Jason Kendall to a two-year contract through the 2011 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 35-year old is a career .290 hitter with 376 doubles, 177 stolen bases and a .369 on-base percentage in 14 Major League seasons with the Pirates (1996-2004), A’s (2005-07), Cubs (2007) and Brewers (2008-09). He was selected to the National League All-Star squad in 1996, 1998 and 2000 and has appeared in postseason play with the A’s (2006), Cubs (2007) and Brewers (2008). Kendall has drawn 684 walks and struck out just 641 times in his career, joining Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones, Brian Giles, Todd Helton and Albert Pujols as one of six active players to record more walks than strikeouts with at least 500 walks in his career. The durable Kendall is the only catcher in the Majors to make at least 130 starts in each of the last eight seasons and currently ranks 10th on the all-time list in games caught (1,907) and fifth in games started behind the plate (1,872).
The 6-foot, 192-pounder, in his second season with the Brewers in 2009, hit .241 with 19 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 43 RBI and 48 runs scored in 134 games. He led the club with 17 hit by pitches and now has 248 in his career, good for fifth all-time. Kendall recorded his 2,000th career hit on May 18 at St. Louis, becoming the eighth player in Major League history to record 2,000 hits with at least 1,000 games at catcher. He is one of 19 active players to enter the 2010 season with at least 2,000 hits.
Born in San Diego, Calif., Kendall now lives in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He has a son, Kuyper, and a daughter, Karoline. Kendall is the son of former Major League catcher and former Royals bullpen coach Fred Kendall.
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