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Jeff Kent

Jeff Kent

Position(s):
1B, 2B, 3B, SS, DH
Born:
March 7, 1968
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
185 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-12-1992 with TOR
Allstar Selections:
2000 MVP, 2000 SS, 2001 SS, 2002 SS, 2005 SS

Jeff Kent

Jeff Kent

Jeff Kent played four different positions for three teams in five years before finding a home with the Giants in 1997. In six seasons with San Francisco, Kent drove in 100 or more runs every year, and won the 2000 Most Valuable Player Award. He clashed with teammates, most notably superstar Barry Bonds, whose presence was at least partly responsible for the good pitches Kent saw from opposing pitchers. A mediocre defensive player when he came into the league, Kent worked on his fielding and became adequate with the glove at second. After helping the Giants to their first World Series appearance in 40 years, he signed as a free agent with the Astros for the 2003 season, but was on the move again in 2005, to his hometown Dodgers.

Career Batting Stats
G AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP OPS OPS+
2298 8498 2461 1320 377 1518 94 .290 .500 .356 .855 114.4

 

Where does Jeff Kent rank among baseball greats?

Jeff Kent ranks #12 among the Top 50 all-time at 2B. Rankings ?
 

Jeff Kent All Time Teamates:

 

Best Season: 2000
Kent hit a career-high .334, a mark about 45 points above his norm. He blasted 41 doubles, seven triples, 33 homers, and scored 114 runs. Despite the fact that he was in the top five in only one offensive category (fourth in RBI with 125), he won the MVP Award. I don't know what he did with the actual trophy itself, but he should have given it to Barry Bonds, because without Barry, Kent doesn't have the great season he had.

 

Born
Jeffrey Franklin Kent was born on March 7, 1968, in Bellflower, CA.

 

Batted:  Right
Threw:  Right

 

College:  Cal Berkeley

Major League Debut
April 12,1002

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1992
Jeff Kent
Mike Piazza
Bret Boone
Eric Young
Tim Salmon
Pedro Martinez
J.T. Snow
Javy Lopez
Dan Wilson

Similar Players
Offensively, Joe Gordon and Bobby Grich; Defensively, Rogers Hornsby.

 

Related Players
Barry Bonds, Milton Bradley

 

Post-Season Appearances
1996 American League Divisional Series
1997 National League Divisional Series
2000 National League Divisional Series
2002 National League Championship Series
2002 National League Divisional Series
2002 World Series
2004 National League Championship Series
2004 National League Divisional Series

 

Awards and Honors
2000 NL MVP

 

Feats
On May 3, 1999, against the Pirates, Kent collected five hits and hit for the cycle.

Batting Feats

  • May 3, 1999: Cycle...

Hitting Streaks
25 games (2004)

Transactions
June 5, 1989: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round of the 1989 amateur draft; August 27, 1992: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with a player to be named later to the New York Mets for David Cone. The Toronto Blue Jays sent Ryan Thompson (September 1, 1992) to the New York Mets to complete the trade; July 29, 1996: Traded by the New York Mets with Jose Vizcaino to the Cleveland Indians for Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza; November 13, 1996: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with a player to be named later, Julian Tavarez, and Jose Vizcaino to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later and Matt Williams. The Cleveland Indians sent Joe Roa (December 16, 1996) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade. The San Francisco Giants sent Trenidad Hubbard (December 16, 1996) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade; October 29, 2002: Granted Free Agency; December 18, 2002: Signed as a Free Agent with the Houston Astros; November 1, 2004: Granted Free Agency; December 15, 2004: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

All-Star Selections
1999 NL
2000 NL
2001 NL
2004 NL
2005 NL

Replaced
Kent got his first starting job with the Mets in 1993, replacing the hole at second base following the retirement of veteran Willie Randolph.

Best Strength as a Player
Driving in runs.

Largest Weakness as a Player
Cohesiveness is defined by Webster's as: "sticking, holding, or working together as a united whole." Kent has had a problem sticking or working as part of a unti in every place he's played. At some point, it stops being everyone else's problem, and Kent himself must be blamed for some of it.

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Houston Astros, Jeff Kent, Los Angeles Dodgers, NL MVP 2000, San Francisco Giants, Second baseman, Silver Slugger Award

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