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50. Jeff Kent
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 7, 1968 in Bellflower, CA USA
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 12, 1992
  • Final Game: September 27, 2008
  • Most Valuable Player - 2000
  • Silver Slugger - 2000
  • TSN All-Star - 2000
  • Silver Slugger - 2001
  • Silver Slugger - 2002
  • TSN All-Star - 2002
  • Silver Slugger - 2005
  • TSN All-Star - 2005
 
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In the National Hockey League, anyone who has won the MVP is almost a lock to enter the Hall of Fame. In the Major League Baseball (Kevin Mitchell, Willie Hernandez and Jeff Burroughs)…well, not so much. Jeff Kent is a former National League MVP, and has a very good set of career statistics, yet when you say his name, the words Hall of Fame don’t automatically come to mind.

It is not that he should not be in the discussion, as statistically he most certainly should be. Kent retired as the all-time leader for Home Runs by a Second Basemen (377), has four Silver Slugger Awards and has a very respectable career WAR over 50. Yet for Kent, his best years were in the massive shadow of Barry Bonds who was putting up PlayStation numbers and he is more remembered for a dugout altercation with the Home Run King than for the excellent play he put up himself.  

Should Jeff Kent be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 38.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 28.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 19%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Bellflower, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 2014
  • Position: Second Base
  • Played For: Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NL MVP (1) (2000)
    5 Time All Star (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004 & 2005)
    Silver Slugger (4) (NL) (2000, 2001, 2002 & 2005)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (2) (NL) (1998 & 2001) 
    World Series Rings (None)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes: (Won the 2000 NL MVP)
    (NL: 1997, 8th), (NL: 1998, 9th) & (NL: 2002, 6th)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    1 Top Ten Finish (On Base Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS)
    1 Top Ten Finish (OPS+)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Triples
    1 Top Ten Finish (Home Runs)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 28.   Doubles: 560
    54.   Runs Batted In: 1,518
    68.   Total Bases: 4,246
    74.   Home Runs: 377
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2014: 15.2
    2015: 14.0
    2016: 16.6
    2017: 16.7 
    2018: 14.5
  • Should be Inducted As A: San Francisco Giant

Should Jeff Kent be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 38.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 28.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 19%

Comments   

+1 #3 Chuck Peterson 2018-01-27 20:45
So voters are not voting for him because they didn't get along with each other? Writers are full of themselves and get self-excited by playing power-broker s. Time to let MLB veterans get more voting power.
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+2 #2 Kurt 2015-06-09 04:40
Jeff Kent may not have played the best defense, but his offensive numbers as a second basement are fantastic. He also won an MVP and was dominant for an extended stretch. He is deserving.
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+2 #1 Ken 2015-06-04 19:45
Jeff Kent should absolutely be in the Hall of Fame. His numbers far exceed Ryne Sandberg's who is in the HOF. Compared to Sandberg he has more hits, RBI's, doubles and HRs. He has a higher lifetime average and slugging percentage.
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