I'm sure he'll manage to hit three singles, a double and a single, or even a home run at some point, but it might take a while. So that thought made me curious about the longest streak of games with two or fewer total bases to start a season, especially among starters.
Given that he's both punchless and a catcher, Kendall isn't likely to pinch-hit much. I'm not that interested in a list that includes pinch-hitters anyway, because I don't think a guy should be penalized for not hitting pinch-hit triples or home runs very often. Therefore I've looked only at games where the player in question had two or more plate appearances. Obviously, a triple or home run could be overlooked, but that's okay.
As usual, this covers players from 1954 to the present.
(minimum 2 PA in each game)
- Ruben Amaro, 1960 PHI - 82 games
- Dal Maxvill, 1970 STL - 69 games
- Bill Russell, 1975 LAD - 64 games
- Fred Stanley, 1982 OAK - 63 games
- Rich Morales, 1973 CHW-SDP - 58 games
- Dave Concepcion, 1988 CIN - 55 games
- Luis Gomez, 1980 ATL - 55 games
- Alvaro Espinoza, 1989 NYY - 49 games
- Fred Kendall, 1976 SDP - 47 games
- Wilbur Wood, 1972 CHW - 46 games
- Al Weis, 1966 CHW - 46 games
- Lance Blankenship, 1990 OAK - 45 games
- Pat Rockett, 1978 ATL - 45 games
It's been nearly two decades since someone went 45 games into the season without 3+ total bases in a game, though, so let's look at a list of players since 2000. Unsurprisingly, the list is littered with pitchers, so I'm going to drop them.
(since 2000; minimum 2 PA in each game)