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A's sold on Kendall's leadership skills

Jason Kendall produces very little offensively, but it's his leadership behind the plate that makes him so valuable to the A's.

Originally Published: April 19, 2006
By John Shea | Special to ESPN.com

Jason Kendall was an impressive hitter in his nine National League seasons.

As a Pittsburgh Pirate from 1996 to 2004, he hit .306. One year, he hit 14 home runs. Another year, he had 75 RBI. Three years ago, he hit .325. He was on three All-Star teams.

But the fact is, Kendall is a catcher. First and foremost. That he hasn't adjusted easily to American League batter's boxes is a concern for the A's, but more important is how he performs defensively. His duties behind the plate outweigh ...

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