Friday, August 22, 2014

1993 Select, Jason Kendall

#359 Jason Kendall

Here is a card that I got signed outside of Kauffman Stadium earlier this season. Jason works for the Royals in some capacity. I honestly have no clue what his role actually is as he is not even listed anywhere on the Royals website. But, I do know that if you are going to 'graph outside of The K, take along a card of Kendall because you will most likely see him at some point.

Jason had a long career as a Major League catcher. The former first round draft pick of the Pirates spent nine successful years in Pittsburgh and was a .306 hitter with the Bucs. He made three All Star teams with them and even made the team in his rookie season. His best season with them came in 1998 when he hit .327 with 12 home runs and had career-highs in RBI (75) and stolen bases (26).

Jason never played in the World Series, but he did play in the playoffs three times with three different teams. The 2006 A's team he was on made it to the ALCS, which is as far as he ever made it.

Jason recently put out a book- Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played.

What was up with Score and the cloud backdrops on their 1993 cards? The card of Dave Magadan I posted a couple of days ago had the same backdrop. However, that card was cropped much better so that it didn't look like he was floating on air. I wish I could say that about this card.

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