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[edit] Biographical Information

Jeff Kent, the 2000 National League MVP, was a second baseman and five-time All Star whose Hall of Fame credentials are good to excellent. He ended his career with over 500 doubles, 370 home runs, and 1500 RBI's, which give him a strong shot at the Hall given his position.

As a testment to how unusual he is, of the ten most similar players (based on the similarity scores method, through age 37), only Ryne Sandberg (a Hall of Famer) is a second baseman.

[edit] Early career

Born in California, Kent went to high school and then college in California before being chosen in the 20th round of the 1989 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He led the short-season New York-Penn League with 13 home runs in his first pro season in 1989. Kent played in the Blue Jays minor league system for three years before coming up to the majors in 1992. He showed good power in Single A ball in 1989 and 1990, but struggled a bit in Double A ball in 1991.

[edit] Mature career

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Kent was a solid player in the early years, but didn't become a star until he came to the San Francisco Giants when he was nearly 30 years old in 1997. His power went up, but he was not usually in the top 10 in the league in home runs. Instead, he was usually one of the leaders in doubles.

He made the All-Star team 5 times in the period from 1999 to 2005.

He continued to hit well at an advanced age. In 2005, he was by far the biggest offensive force on the Los Angeles Dodgers, with 36 doubles, 29 home runs, and 105 RBI. Although he has missed 30 games due to injuries in 2006, he was still close to the team lead in home runs. On January 21, 2009 Kent announced his retirement after 17 seasons.

In his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014, he received 87 votes, or 15.2%. This was considered quite low given his resumé, but the ballot was crowded with excellent players, including three other first-timers who gained election that year, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1992 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 5-time NL All-Star (1999-2001, 2004 & 2005)
  • NL MVP (2000)
  • 4-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2000, 2001, 2002 & 2005)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 12 (1993, 1995, 1997-2005 & 2007)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1998, 2000 & 2002)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 8 (1997-2002, 2004 & 2005)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (2000, 2002 & 2005)


NL MVP
1999 2000 2001
Chipper Jones Jeff Kent Barry Bonds

[edit] Records Held

  • Home runs, second baseman, career, 351

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