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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
19 8701 .288 .366 .378 .265 38.9
Birth Date6-26-1974
Height6' 0"
Weight181 lbs
Age44 years, 0 months, 22 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1996 PIT 22 130 471 414 54 124 23 5 3 166 35 30 15 4 3 42 5 2 .300 .372 .401 .278 33.8 6.0 3.8
1997 PIT 23 144 572 486 71 143 36 4 8 211 49 53 31 5 1 49 18 6 .294 .391 .434 .286 44.0 -2.7 4.1
1998 PIT 24 149 627 535 95 175 36 3 12 253 51 51 31 8 2 75 26 5 .327 .411 .473 .302 59.0 3.3 6.1
1999 PIT 25 78 334 280 61 93 20 3 8 143 38 32 12 4 0 41 22 3 .332 .428 .511 .326 44.2 -7.3 3.5
2000 PIT 26 152 678 579 112 185 33 6 14 272 79 79 15 4 1 58 22 12 .320 .412 .470 .295 65.0 -34.1 2.9
2001 PIT 27 157 672 606 84 161 22 2 10 217 44 48 20 2 0 53 13 14 .266 .335 .358 .245 17.1 -29.3 -1.2
2002 PIT 28 145 605 545 59 154 25 3 3 194 49 29 9 2 0 44 15 8 .283 .350 .356 .255 21.0 -0.9 2.0
2003 PIT 29 150 665 587 84 191 29 3 6 244 49 40 25 3 1 58 8 7 .325 .399 .416 .283 49.5 -10.1 3.9
2004 PIT 30 147 658 574 86 183 32 0 3 224 60 41 19 4 1 51 11 8 .319 .399 .390 .290 59.9 -9.3 4.9
2005 OAK 31 150 676 601 70 163 28 1 0 193 50 39 20 5 0 53 8 3 .271 .345 .321 .252 27.9 -7.4 2.1
2006 OAK 32 143 626 552 76 163 23 0 1 189 53 54 12 5 4 50 11 5 .295 .367 .342 .251 26.4 12.6 3.8
2007 CHN 33 57 202 174 21 47 10 1 1 62 19 15 6 0 3 19 0 3 .270 .362 .356 .258 9.4 3.5 1.3
2007 OAK 33 80 312 292 24 66 10 0 2 82 12 27 3 3 2 22 3 1 .226 .261 .281 .197 -8.6 -7.7 -1.6
2008 MIL 34 151 587 516 46 127 30 2 2 167 50 45 13 2 6 49 8 3 .246 .327 .324 .238 14.5 20.1 3.5
2009 MIL 35 134 526 452 48 109 19 2 2 138 46 58 17 5 6 43 7 2 .241 .331 .305 .238 12.0 -1.4 1.1
2010 KCA 36 118 490 434 39 111 18 0 0 129 37 45 6 7 6 37 12 7 .256 .318 .297 .214 -2.6 -8.3 -1.1
Career2085870176271030219539435752884721686254633674418989.288.366.378.265472.6-73.138.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1993 AUG A 102 400 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SLM A+ 101 438 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CAR AA 13 51 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CAR AA 117 508 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PIT MLB 130 471 .278 .258 .321 .401 .248 .314 101 9.8 14.6 8.8 6.0 0.7 33.8 3.8 33.8 3.8
1997 PIT MLB 144 572 .286 .262 .330 .411 .259 .314 102 16.3 15.2 10.2 -2.7 2.2 44.0 4.1 44.0 4.1
1998 PIT MLB 149 627 .302 .263 .327 .413 .257 .340 102 28.8 16.3 11.2 3.3 2.7 59.0 6.1 59.0 6.1
1999 PIT MLB 78 334 .326 .273 .343 .437 .264 .348 95 25.8 9.1 6.3 -7.3 3.1 44.2 3.5 44.2 3.5
2000 PIT MLB 152 678 .295 .267 .338 .439 .260 .349 102 28.5 18.7 12.9 -34.1 5.0 65.0 2.9 65.0 2.9
2001 PIT MLB 157 672 .245 .262 .328 .427 .259 .275 100 -11 18.1 9 -29.3 0.9 17.1 -1.2 17.1 -1.2
2002 PIT MLB 145 605 .255 .261 .329 .412 .259 .293 102 -3 15.4 10.5 -0.9 -1.9 21.0 2.0 21.0 2.0
2003 PIT MLB 150 665 .283 .265 .332 .423 .261 .340 102 16.5 17.5 11.8 -10.1 3.6 49.5 3.9 49.5 3.9
2004 PIT MLB 147 658 .290 .264 .327 .428 .262 .337 93 21.9 19.6 11.9 -9.3 6.6 59.9 4.9 59.9 4.9
2005 OAK MLB 150 676 .252 .267 .326 .419 .261 .287 97 -5.5 19.4 11.3 -7.4 2.6 27.9 2.1 27.9 2.1
2006 OAK MLB 143 626 .251 .273 .335 .433 .258 .323 99 -6.3 18.9 11.4 12.6 2.5 26.4 3.8 26.4 3.8
2007 CHN MLB 57 202 .258 .270 .331 .430 .257 .291 104 -0.4 6.0 3.6 3.5 0.3 9.4 1.3 9.4 1.3
2007 OAK MLB 80 312 .197 .267 .331 .422 .262 .241 93 -21.8 9.3 5.6 -7.7 -1.6 -8.6 -1.6 -8.6 -1.6
2008 MIL MLB 151 587 .238 .260 .328 .416 .261 .265 100 -13.8 17.0 10.3 20.1 1.1 14.5 3.5 14.5 3.5
2009 MIL MLB 134 526 .238 .261 .329 .412 .262 .270 98 -12.3 15.1 9.2 -1.4 0.0 12.0 1.1 12.0 1.1
2010 KCA MLB 118 490 .214 .262 .324 .411 .257 .280 110 -22.9 13.5 8.2 -8.3 -1.4 -2.6 -1.1 -2.6 -1.1
2012 NWA AA 2 3 .217 .244 .350 .382 .278 .500 100 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1993 AUG A 400 43 101 17 4 1 40 22 30 8 5 .276 .329 .352 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CAR AA 51 6 11 2 0 0 6 2 3 0 0 .234 .294 .277 .043 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SLM A+ 438 68 118 19 2 7 66 47 21 14 3 .318 .413 .437 .119 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CAR AA 508 87 140 26 1 8 71 56 22 10 7 .326 .420 .448 .121 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PIT MLB 471 54 124 23 5 3 42 35 30 5 2 .300 .372 .401 .101 .278 33.8 6.0 3.8
1997 PIT MLB 572 71 143 36 4 8 49 49 53 18 6 .294 .391 .434 .140 .286 44.0 -2.7 4.1
1998 PIT MLB 627 95 175 36 3 12 75 51 51 26 5 .327 .411 .473 .146 .302 59.0 3.3 6.1
1999 PIT MLB 334 61 93 20 3 8 41 38 32 22 3 .332 .428 .511 .179 .326 44.2 -7.3 3.5
2000 PIT MLB 678 112 185 33 6 14 58 79 79 22 12 .320 .412 .470 .150 .295 65.0 -34.1 2.9
2001 PIT MLB 672 84 161 22 2 10 53 44 48 13 14 .266 .335 .358 .092 .245 17.1 -29.3 -1.2
2002 PIT MLB 605 59 154 25 3 3 44 49 29 15 8 .283 .350 .356 .073 .255 21.0 -0.9 2.0
2003 PIT MLB 665 84 191 29 3 6 58 49 40 8 7 .325 .399 .416 .090 .283 49.5 -10.1 3.9
2004 PIT MLB 658 86 183 32 0 3 51 60 41 11 8 .319 .399 .390 .071 .290 59.9 -9.3 4.9
2005 OAK MLB 676 70 163 28 1 0 53 50 39 8 3 .271 .345 .321 .050 .252 27.9 -7.4 2.1
2006 OAK MLB 626 76 163 23 0 1 50 53 54 11 5 .295 .367 .342 .047 .251 26.4 12.6 3.8
2007 CHN MLB 202 21 47 10 1 1 19 19 15 0 3 .270 .362 .356 .086 .258 9.4 3.5 1.3
2007 OAK MLB 312 24 66 10 0 2 22 12 27 3 1 .226 .261 .281 .055 .197 -8.6 -7.7 -1.6
2008 MIL MLB 587 46 127 30 2 2 49 50 45 8 3 .246 .327 .324 .078 .238 14.5 20.1 3.5
2009 MIL MLB 526 48 109 19 2 2 43 46 58 7 2 .241 .331 .305 .064 .238 12.0 -1.4 1.1
2010 KCA MLB 490 39 111 18 0 0 37 37 45 12 7 .256 .318 .297 .041 .214 -2.6 -8.3 -1.1
2012 NWA AA 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .217 0.1 -0.1 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1964 0.5377 0.4043 0.9093 0.5189 0.2709 0.9361 0.8496 0.0907 1012 -0.006959
2009 1959 0.5401 0.4150 0.8622 0.5482 0.2586 0.9086 0.7468 0.1378 967 -0.012769
2010 1818 0.5622 0.4197 0.8702 0.5313 0.2764 0.9134 0.7636 0.1298 904 -0.006393
Career57410.54630.41280.88080.53280.26840.91950.78730.1192962.4443-0.0088

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-22 2011-09-29 60-DL 191 162 Right Shoulder Surgery Two Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears 2011-07-13
2011-02-27 2011-03-22 Camp 23 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Rotator Cuff 2010-09-24
2010-08-31 2010-10-04 60-DL 34 31 Right Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff 2010-09-24
2010-05-13 2010-05-14 DTD 1 1 Left Arm Contusion HBP -
2009-04-21 2009-04-21 DTD 0 0 Forearm Contusion Foul Ball Last Week -
2005-10-06 2005-10-06 Off 0 0 Knee Surgery Debridement 2005-10-06
1999-07-05 1999-10-04 60-DL 91 81 Right Ankle Surgery Fracture and Dislocation 1999-07-04

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 $
2011 KCA $3,750,000
2010 KCA $2,250,000
2009 MIL $5,000,000
2008 MIL $4,250,000
2007 OAK $13,000,000
2006 OAK $11,000,000
2005 OAK $10,000,000
2004 PIT $8,000,000
2003 PIT $8,000,000
2002 PIT $6,571,429
2001 PIT $5,100,000
2000 PIT $2,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$79,171,429
12 yrTotal$79,171,429

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 yArn Tellem1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 7/18/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$6M (2010-11). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/11/09. 10:$2.25M, 11:$3.75M. $0.25M/year in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2008), plus 2009 vesting option. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 11/21/07. Performance bonuses: $0.1M 110 g, $0.15M each 120,130 g, $0.15M 100 games started, $0.2M 115 games started, $0.25M 130 games started. 2009 option vests at $4.25M with 110 starts in 2008, $4.35M with 120 starts, $4.6M with 130 starts. Option vested at $5M ($4.6M based on 2008 starts, plus $0.4M for performance bonus for games earned in 2008).
  • 6 years/$60M (2002-07). Signed extension with Pittsburgh 2002. $4M signing bonus (half deferred). 02:$6M, 03:$8M, 04:$8M, 05:$10M, 06:$11M, 07:$13M. Full no-trade clause. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Pittsburgh 11/04 (Pirates pay $5.5M of 2007 salary). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Oakland 7/16/07.
  • 1 year/$3.1M (2001).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wtf is wrong with the Royals. They need Jason Kendall and Willie Boom Boom more than ever. Have you ever seen Dragon Ball Z where the Z fighters fuse? Do you think these 2 could fuse and become the grittiest player in the game?
(Baseball Babe from dacitay)
This one can stand on its own without any help from me. (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alex Gordon going to die in Triple A?
(caseyj15 from Medford, OR)
Alex Gordon will star in a remake of Bull Durham, right when he's about to set the minor league record for homers, and also after the Royals have decided he's not an outfielder and should now catch.

Then when he's *finally* recalled, he'll back up Jason Kendall, a job that sees less action than a police officer stationed in Sandford, England. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason Kendall tearing up his ankle, perhaps?
(Rob from Houston)
He came back and had a pretty nice career after that. Honestly, would anyone have seen that BRUTAL injury and expected he would turn into one of the most durable catchers in the game? He's caught 1900 games and is two years younger than Ivan Rodriguez, who's got the record at 2300. I dont think he'll catch him, but it's pretty amazing. (Will Carroll)
2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Royals Fever! Catch it! I loved your old work on them. So I keep hearing how their ownership is smarter. So exactly how smart is a team that thinks Jason Kendall and Yuniesky Betancourt help form a strong middle core? And Gil Meche was worth signing to a huge long-term deal......
(dangor from New York)
Royals fan in NYC. They're everywhere. Obviously, they're misguided in their thinking on those players, though not so much Meche. The brass there just values the wrong things, in my opinion. Latest example is Luis Mendoza, who was picked up two days before the end of spring training and four days later was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the eighth. Yeah, he's got a 94 mph sinker. He also doesn't have a track record of, you know, retiring batters.

You'll never catch me calling the Royals dumb because I know Dayton Moore and like the man and he's always been very good to me. I also know that he's not dumb. I just don't agree with the way he evaluates big-league talent. I have hope that he'll redeem himself when some of his pitching prospects hit Kansas City. (Bradford Doolittle)
2009-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why are the Brewers still playing the corpse that is Jason Kendall rather than bringing up Angel Salome? Is it Kendall's contract and preventing Salome from starting his ML clock?
(31cornucopia from Skillman)
Salome hasn't exactly torn up Triple-A. Why promote him to the majors when he hasn't earned it? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Bryan, is it true that the Rays are actually considering my namesake to go #1 overall? What has impressed so many about him this year and what is a good 'upside' comparison"? thanks.
(Parker Posey from Filmlore)
That's the hottest and most popular rumor it seems, and yes, I think they are absolutely considering it. Posey was just outside of getting a first round grade out of high school, and the reports have been true. He plays a premium position, has a 70 arm behind the plate and has late 90s Jason Kendall potential with the bat. The Rays simply have to weigh that likelihood against Pedro Alvarez' chance at hitting 40 home runs, and Beckham's chance at becoming Brian Roberts. I don't think they go Posey in the end, and I don't think they should -- but I certainly know they are thinking about it. (Bryan Smith)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is one of the most impressive injury recoveries you've seen in recent years? Personally I was amazed that Ken Griffey Jr. could detach the hamstring tendon from the bone and still play outfield the next year. Thanks for a great chat!
(havybeaks from Michigan)
Brian Roberts without a doubt. Slight edge over Jason Kendall. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nate, how likely do you think it is that Joe Mauer becomes more of a power hitter at some point? As a Twins fan, I hope for more than a souped up Jason Kendall career.
(collins from greenville nc)
PECOTA is no longer showing much potential for a power breakout for Mauer, and that definitely constitutes a downgrade of sorts from last year. But the Jason Kendall analogy is lowballing a bit. Think Wade Boggs as a catcher. Where's Margo Adams when you need her? (Nate Silver)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cubs and Reds mentioned about playoffs, yet no Brewers? Does that mean you are not big on the Cameron signing? Or the pitching, or what?
(sjstraub from NJ via WI)
Actually, looking a few more numbers, if I had to guess PECOTA might well have the Brewers in the playoffs instead of the Cubs. I just sort of have this mental block about any team that has Jason Kendall on its 25-man roster.

One of the projections that surprised me was that PECOTA really buys into Ryan Braun's bat, and if he's moved away from third base, there should be nothing stopping him from being one of the best hitters in the league. And that pitching staff ... Yovani Gallardo ... yep, lot to like there. (Nate Silver)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)How much does Mike Cameron help the Brewers overall defense considering it gets Braun away from 3rd and Hall out of CF? Marginally? Leaps and bounds?
(Mark from Milwaukee)
Well, I sort of dealt with this a TA ago, but I really think there's a potential synergistic effect to be gained here. I can see Hall being a fine fix to their third base defensive hole, and Braun's a good enough athlete to be an asset in the outfield. And then there's having Cameron in center instead of an obviously uncomfortable Hall. It doesn't fix that still-ugly problem on the right side of the infield, nor does it breathe new life in Jason Kendall's ability to deter the running game, but it's a step in the right direction. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableSo, mid-meltdown, the viewers of the Royals game have been polled as to which newcomer will help the most:

Rick Ankiel 28%
Chris Getz 28%
Jason Kendall 17%
Scott Podsednik 27%

Clearly, "None of the above, they're all godawful, now please let me start my 162 games of suffering in peace" wasn't accepted as a valid answer. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)I wonder how many examples there are of the Jason Kendall/Russell Martin career path... Although Martin seems to have gone down that particular road on fast-forward. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesThe 2008 Phillies have the second-highest team stolen base percentage in our database (84.5%), topped only by last year's club (87.3%), so that Jason Kendall throw-out is practically a collector's edition. (Derek Jacques)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesMeyers settles down and gets a 1-2-3 top off the second, but I'm not sure how much one can learn from that when that 1-2-3 is Craig Counsel, Jason Kendall and Sabathia. (Kevin Goldstein)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1996 mlb 0 .000 0.0 4898 -.000 0.1 156 .042 .010 -4.7 -4.9 6.0
1997 mlb 0 .000 0.0 6136 -.000 0.1 133 -.040 -.001 3.4 3.4 -2.7
1998 mlb 0 .000 0.0 5759 -.001 1.0 99 .006 -.003 0.0 1.0 3.3
1999 mlb 0 .000 0.0 3408 .000 -0.3 59 -.069 -.001 2.9 2.6 -7.3
2000 mlb 0 .000 0.0 7064 .001 -2.0 113 .001 .003 -0.1 -2.9 -34.1
2001 mlb 0 .000 0.0 5318 -.000 0.6 83 .020 -.007 -0.2 -0.9 -29.3
2002 mlb 0 .000 0.0 5748 -.001 2.0 104 -.002 -.001 0.3 1.2 -0.9
2003 mlb 0 .000 0.0 6055 -.000 0.4 78 .012 -.002 -0.5 -0.2 -10.1
2004 mlb 0 .000 0.0 6442 -.001 2.2 88 -.024 -.002 1.4 2.8 -9.3
2005 mlb 0 .000 0.0 6023 .000 -0.1 104 .078 .003 -5.1 -6.6 -7.4
2006 mlb 0 .000 0.0 6094 -.000 0.2 91 .017 -.002 -0.8 -1.5 12.6
2007 mlb 0 .000 0.0 5596 .000 -0.5 114 .090 .006 -6.5 -7.0 -4.2
2008 mlb 9138 .001 1.7 6008 -.001 2.2 89 -.090 -.006 5.5 8.2 20.1
2009 mlb 9031 -.001 -1.9 5894 -.001 0.9 75 .046 -.005 -1.8 -3.3 -1.4
2010 mlb 7754 -.011 -12.4 5161 -.003 3.3 122 -.011 .006 0.9 -9.4 -8.3
2012 aax 0 .000 0.0 37 .000 -0.0 3 .029 .002 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

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