Kendall retires a Royal

The Royals have announced that catcher Jason Kendall is retiring from baseball.

Courtesy: Kansas City Royals

Veteran catcher Jason Kendall announced his retirement today at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark., home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  

Kendall, 38, played in two games for Kansas City’s Double-A affiliate after signing a minor league contract last Thursday.  He missed the final month of 2010 and all of 2011 with shoulder surgery.

Kendall was a three-time National League All-Star (1996, 1998, 2000) and a career .288 hitter in 2,085 games for Pittsburgh (1996-2004), Oakland (2005-07), Chicago Cubs (2007), Milwaukee (2008-09) and Kansas City (2010).  Kendall ranks fifth all-time in baseball history with 2,025 games caught.

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