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  • Royals sign Jason Kendall

    Thought this was interesting...

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals signed 38-year-old catcher Jason Kendall to a minor league contract Thursday and assigned him to Class AA Northwest Arkansas.

    Kendall, a three-time National League All-Star, has had two shoulder surgeries since he last played on Aug. 30, 2010, with Kansas City. He has been working out with the Royals since spring training.

    Kendall, a career .288 hitter, ranks fifth all-time with 2,025 games caught.
    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/royals-...6963--mlb.html

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    I remember playing poker with my friends one Friday night and ESPN broke in with a fight between Kendall and Sheffield. Jason became an instant hero.

    Good luck to him as he has a hard road to climb. But he'd be a good mentor for some of KC's younger players if he ever makes it back.
    "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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    • #3
      Kendall seems like a guy who would play in the minors til he can't anymore. idk if thats accurate. Reminds me of Podsednik coming to camp the last couple years. Glad to see he made it back with Boston.
      "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
        I remember playing poker with my friends one Friday night and ESPN broke in with a fight between Kendall and Sheffield. Jason became an instant hero.

        Good luck to him as he has a hard road to climb. But he'd be a good mentor for some of KC's younger players if he ever makes it back.
        Did Sheff pull a gun or knife out?
        So much fun to root against that guy, 2nd on the Yanks to Giambi at that time for me.
        His pronouncement about being the best player on every team he'd been with was right up there with Rickey's diss of Brock upon breaking the SB record.

        I wonder if Kendall he the all time games caught mark in his sights? Probably not realistic, but maybe he's gonna shoot for it no matter what.
        "If I drink whiskey, I'll never get worms!" - Hack Wilson

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        • #5
          Double-checked as my brain gets foggy. Was June '98. Sheff was killing the Pirates and late in the game decided to steal home. The Pirates pitcher (can't remember who at the time) saw it coming and threw the ball to Kendall who was waiting about 5 feet in front of the plate. Sheffield tried coming in hard, but Kendall planted and nailed him with the tag. Both stared each other down, but Jason took the offensive and went after Sheffield. He got in at least three shots before being pulled apart. Good times.
          "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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          • #6
            Good for Kendell.. almost a year and a half out of baseball. But he's back.

            I wish someone would sign Vladimir Guerrero now.

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