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

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

September 7th, 2012 7:05 pm
September 8th, 2012 7:05 pm
September 9th, 2012 7:05 pm


PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
A.J. Burnett (15-5, 3.63 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (4-11, 4.64 ERA)
James McDonald (12-7, 3.90 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (8-13, 3.91 ERA)
Jeff Locke (0-1, 4.82 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (0-2, 9.00 ERA)

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

August 6th, 2012 7:05 pm
August 7th, 2012 7:05 pm
August 8th, 2012 7:05 pm
August 9th, 2012 4:05 pm


PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
Erik Bedard (5-12, 4.83 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (12-6, 2.98 ERA)
Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.70 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (3-4, 3.60 ERA)
Kevin Correia (8-6, 4.49 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (10-8, 4.15 ERA)
Wandy Rodriguez (0-1, 4.15 ERA) vs. Joe Saunders (5-8, 3.57 ERA)

Series Notes
The Pirates (61-46) begin an 11-game homestand at PNC Park… The Diamondbacks (55-53) are currently chasing the Bucs for a wild card spot; they are 6.5 games back of Pittsburgh for the second WC… The Pirates took two of three from the D’Backs in mid-April… Erik Bedard has a 2.72 ERA at home this season… Wade Miley is 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in his last four outings… Jeff Karstens, who was suffered an injury against Arizona on April 17th, is going for his fifth straight win over seven starts (two no-decisions mixed in)… Patrick Corbin was promoted last Wednesday; he threw six scoreless innings vs. Los Angeles… Kevin Correia, who was recently moved to the bullpen, will make a spot start… Ian Kennedy is on a four-game winning streak… Wandy Rodriguez will make his home debut on Thursday… Joe Saunders has a 2.48 ERA on the road in 2012… Jason Kubel leads the Snakes with 23 HR and 73 RBI; Paul Goldschmidt has a .300 batting average; Justin Upton has scored 71 runs and stolen 12 bases… There are no PNC Park promotions for this series… #PackPNC.

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

July 30th, 2012 8:05 pm
July 31st, 2012 8:05 pm
August 1st, 2012 2:20 pm


Wrigley Field

Probable Pitchers
Erik Bedard (5-11 4.32 ERA) vs. Justin Germano (0-1 1.04 ERA)
A.J. Burnett (12-3 3.52 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (5-5 2.25 ERA)
Jeff Karstens (3-2 3.88 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (4-6 4.98 ERA)

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs

July 23, 2012 7:05 pm
July 24, 2012 7:05 pm
July 25, 2012 12:35 pm


PNC Park

Probable Pitchers
Erik Bedard (5-10, 4.55 ERA) vs. Jeff Samardzija (6-8, 4.57 ERA)
James McDonald (10-3, 2.93 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm (8-6, 4.09 ERA)
Kevin Correia (7-6, 4.31 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster (5-4, 2.11 ERA)

UPDATE

The Cubs have sent Dempster to Atlanta, so the Pirates will not have to face him Wednesday afternoon.

UPDATE

The Cubs have not traded Ryan Dempster. So he’s still slated to pitch on Wednesday.

Series Notes
Coming off a sweep of the Marlins, the Pirates enter with a record of 54-40 (0.5 games back)… The Cubs were swept in St. Louis this weekend, and have a record of 38-56 (16.5 games back)… The Bucs begin a stretch of 13 straight games against the National League Central teams… Erik Bedard last 6.2 innings his last week in Colorado, which was his longest of his past six outings… Jeff Samardzija has one win in his last eight starts… James McDonald is 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA in his two starts since the All-Star break… Opponents have a .386 batting average against McDonald in those two starts… Former Pirate Paul Maholm makes his second start at PNC this season… Maholm is 4-0 with a 0.89 ERA in his last five outings… Kevin Correia is 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA in his last three starts… Ryan Dempster took the loss on May 25th vs. the Pirates, but allowed just one run in 7.1 innings… The Bucs have the best home record at 32-14… The Cubbies are 14-35 on the road… The Pirates swept Chicago in late May… The Buccos will travel to Wrigley Field next week for their first trip to the Windy City this season… The two teams will face each other seven times in September… Wednesday’s matinee will not be televised on ROOT Sports… There are no PNC Park promotions for this series.

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