In the National Hockey League, anyone who has won the MVP is almost a lock to enter the Hall of Fame. In 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! - 60%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.3%