Jason Kendall and the Hall of Fame

The latest former baseball star to hang up his cleats is the gritty, hard-nosed catcher Jason Kendall.  A former All-Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kendall is one of the fleetest backstops in the game’s history–not many receivers were used as leadoffmen but Jason owned that role for several years.  Although Kendall is overshadowed by position peers Mike Piazza, Ivan Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, his career numbers stack up awfully well to the latest catchers to make the Hall.  It may come as a surprise to many that Jason has more career hits than Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Gary Carter.  All three men, Bench, Carter and Kendall have career runs scored totals between 1,000 and 1,100.  And, to make Jason stand out, his career batting average and on-pase percentage are substantially higher than either Bench of Carter’s.  But will Jason Kendall make the Hall of Fame?  Let your voice be heard by employing the poll below.

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