Jason Kendall

Jason Kendall

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Updated On September 27, 2022

Jason Kendall is a retired professional baseball catcher from the United States. Moreover, Jason Kendall played from 1996 to 2010, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals. He is also known as the son of former catcher Fred Kendall, who played in the majors from 1969–1980.

Early life

Jason Daniel Kendall best known as Jason Kendall was born on the 26th of June 1974, in San Diego, California, the United States of America. According to his birth date, Jason is 48 years old and holds an American nationality. In addition, he has a birth sign of Cancer and his ethnical background is unknown at the moment.

He is the son of Fred Kendall (father) and his mother’s name is unknown. His father played as a catcher in the majors from 1969-1980. Regarding his siblings, he has not shared anything regarding them and his early childhood life.

Jason Kendall

Caption: Jason Kendall old picture of his baseball teammate in 1990 (Source: Instagram)


Talking about his academic career, he went to Torrance High School in California, where he set a national high school record by hitting safely in 43 consecutive games. The Pittsburgh Pirates chose him out of high school in the first round (23rd overall) in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft.

Professional Life

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jason Kendall joined the major league team in 1996 and was the Pirates’ starting catcher until he was traded to the Oakland Athletics following the 2004 season for Arthur Rhodes and Mark Redman. He hit.300 in his first season, was chosen to the National League All-Star Team, and was named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (he finished third in voting for the MLB Rookie of the Year award). In addition, he was an All-Star in 1998 and 2000. In 1999, he injured his ankle while running to first base in a July 4 game against Milwaukee, which ended his season.

Jason Kendall

Caption: Jason Kendall playing for his club, Pittsburgh Pirates (Source: Rum Bunter)

He topped the majors in at-bats per strikeout in 2002 and 2005. Moreover, he topped all major league catchers in games and innings behind the plate from 2002 to 2004. He holds the Pirates’ record for most games caught. He is a careful and steady batter. Despite his lack of power, he is a career.297 hitter who rarely strikes out. He is fast for a catcher, but not fast enough for a major league ballplayer. In the last seven years, he has topped all major league catchers in stealing many times (2000, with 22; 2001 — 13; 2002 — 15; 2004 — 11; and 2006 — 11).

Athletics, Cubs, Brewers

He struggled at the bat throughout the 2005 season, however. His.321 slugging percentage was the lowest (by 20 points) of any major leaguer who qualified for the hitting title. His.271 batting average was his career’s second-lowest. He allowed 101 stolen bases in his career, more than any other catcher in major league baseball. His first postseason experience came in 2006, when the Athletics won the American League Western Division title on September 26. He got his first playoff hit against Minnesota’s Boof Bonser in the second game of the American League Division Series.

He was traded for minor league pitcher Jerry Blevins and fellow catcher Rob Bowen by the Chicago Cubs on July 16, 2007.  For pitchers in the major leagues of baseball in 2007, he had the lowest on-base percentage (.261) and second-lowest slugging percentage (.281) at the time of the trade. He allowed more stolen bases in the field than any other catcher in major league baseball, 111 (131 attempts, 20 caught).

He signed a preliminary agreement to sign a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on November 21, 2007.  As of July 10, 2008, he was batting.264 with a.346 on-base percentage and 26 runs batted in while serving as the Brewers’ main catcher. In 2008, he caught 40% of base stealers. His career batting average is.303 as of 2008. After making his 110th start of the 2008 season, he signed his contract option, ensuring himself a spot in the Brewers’ starting lineup for 2009. He recorded his 2,000th career hit on May 18, 2009, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Later, he announced his retirement during the 2012 season.

Awards and Net Worth

In his playing career, he has earned fame and money, but yet has not earned any major awards and recognition. Looking at his career success, he might earn some of them in the following years.

As a former baseball player, he has earned a huge sum of money. Talking about his net worth, his net worth estimates at around $40 million, and his salary is estimated at around $4 million.

Relationship Status

In his marital relationship, he married twice. Firstly, he married Chantel Dreesen in 2004. But, the couple spilt in 2010. Later, in 2018, he married Tricia Kendall. With the marriage, the couple has Kuyper Chase Kendall and Karoline Ellory Kendall. Besides that, this retired player is not a part of controversy nor got in rumors.

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Caption: Jason Kendall with his wife Tricia Kendall (Source: Instagram)

Body Measurements and Social Media

This retired player is bald and has brown eyes color. Besides that, there is information regarding his height, weight, and other physical stats.

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Caption: Jason Kendall posing for a photo with his son (Source: Instagram)

On his Instagram page, there are 955 followers. Likewise, there are more than 2.1k followers on Twitter and he is not active on Facebook.

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