Special Assignment Coach
Former Royals catcher Jason Kendall has served the Royals coaching staff as a Special Assignment Coach since retiring as a player in 2012. He works closely with Catching Coach Pedro Grifol as well as other aspects of the game.
Kendall spent 16 years in the Major Leagues as a player, finishing his big league career with Kansas City in 2010. He was a three-time All-Star (1996, 1998 and 2000) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was named National League Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1996. He finished his career with a .288 batting average, 75 homers and 744 RBI. His 2,195 career hits rank fifth all-time among Major League backstops, while his 2,025 games behind the plate are fourth all-time.
The son of former big league catcher, Fred Kendall (1969-80), Jason has a son, Kuyper Chase, and a daughter, Karoline. In 2014, he co-authored the book: Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played with baseball writer Lee Judge.