Unjustly Judged

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

MILWAUKEE - MAY 10: Jason Kendall #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after making an error in the 3rd inning against the Chicago Cubs on May 10, 2009 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Over the past week and a half or so I’ve seen Jason Kendall’s name grouped with the likes of slumping Corey Hart, Mike Cameron and JJ Hardy on various boards including on this site and on the JSOnline board.

Perhaps all three of those guys have broken out of or are currently breaking out of their respective slumps, but why was Kendall even mentioned with these guys in the past three weeks?

Yes, I realize the man is still hitting a lowly .235 going into today after pretty terrible months of April and May, but he has hardly been slumping since the start of this month while the other mentioned players have been nothing short of nonexistent.

Kendall is hitting .333 with an OBP of .435 this month. Are his “power numbers” impressive? No. They never will be. As are many catchers, Kendall is asked to play great defense and lead a pitching staff, in which he has. As long as he maintains a decent OBP at the bottom of the Milwaukee order, he is also doing his job offensively.

With all that being said, I still ask: “Why do Brewers fans consider Jason Kendall amongst the struggling hitters?”