Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #4 Jason Kendall

Kendall

Year Age G R H HR RBI BA OPS
1996 22 130 54 124 3 42 .300 .773
1997 23 144 71 143 8 49 .294 .825
1998 24 149 95 175 12 75 .327 .884
1999 25 78 61 93 8 41 .332 .939
2000 26 152 112 185 14 58 .320 .882
2001 27 157 84 161 10 53 .266 .693
2002 28 145 59 154 3 44 .283 .706
2003 29 150 84 191 6 58 .325 .815
2004 30 147 86 183 3 51 .319 .789
PIT (9 yrs) 1252 706 1409 67 471 .306 .805

Jason Kendall is known as one of the best Pirates catchers in the past half century, and put up some of his best numbers while behind the plate at PNC Park.  He only hit below .280 once in his time with the Bucs, and was usually at the top of the order because of his knack for getting on base.  Kendall was one of the best defensive catchers in the game with the Bucs.  He consistently had a high CS% and had a great arm, while other defensive sabermetric stats put him right up there with Pudge Rodriguez, Mike Piazza, and other great catchers of the era.  Overall, Kendall was known as a gritty player who was great behind the plate, never wore batting gloves, had a goofy stance, and got beaned a ton.  He had limited success after he left the Pirates, but his time here in Pittsburgh was certainly memorable, especially at PNC Park.

Photo: Steve Paluch/Creative Commons

Saturday Success

Despite a record of just 3-6 (they have won the last three) on Fridays this season, the Pirates have really bounced back in Saturday games. Here’s a look at how the Bucs have fared on Saturdays:

April 7th
Pirates beat Phillies, 2-1
Alex Presley walk-off infield single

April 14th
Pirates lose to Giants, 4-3
San Francisco walk-off error by Clint Barmes

April 20th
Pirates beat Cardinals, 2-0
A.J. Burnett dominates in Pirates debut

April 27th
Pirates beat Braves, 4-2
Erik Bedard strikes out nine in five innings

May 5th
Pirates beat Reds, 3-2
James McDonald shuts down the Reds on Cinco de Mayo

May 12th
Pirates beat Astros, 5-2
Pirates win on Joel Hanrahan bobblehead night

May 19th
Pirates beat Tigers, 4-3
Andrew McCutchen hits two bombs in Motown matinee

May 26th
Pirates beat Cubs, 3-2
Matt Hague walk-off HBP

June 2nd
Pirates lose to Brewers, 5-1
Bedard scuffles against Milwaukee

June 9th
Pirates beat Royals, 5-3
Bucs defeat Kansas City in their Homestead Grays uniforms

Overall Saturday record: 8-2

Hopefully the Pirates can keep the ball rolling on Saturdays, but they face some tough opponents in their next few weekend series. The next five Saturday games are as follows:
- June 16th @ Cleveland
- June 23rd vs. Detroit
- June 30th @ St. Louis
- July 7th vs. San Francisco
- July 14th @ Milwaukee

Go Bucs