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Jeff Kent | Second Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (46) / 3/7/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UC-Berkeley
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Dodgers announced the retirement of second baseman Jeff Kent.
Kent, 40, ends his 17-year career with the all-time lead in homers by a second baseman. He hit .290/.356/.500 with 377 homers and 1,518 RBI. He ranks 21st all-time in doubles, 47th in RBI, 57th in total bases and 62nd in homers. He was also quite impressive in the postseason, batting .277/.340/.500 with nine homers in 170 at-bats. It's a career that should put him in the Hall of Fame rather easily. He certainly wasn't the best defensive second baseman, but he was always reliable and he never had to be moved off the position. Thu, Jan 22, 2009 05:10:00 PM

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Jeff Kent will announce his retirement after 17 major league seasons in a press conference Thursday.

All expectations were that Kent would call it a career, but he gave himself plenty of time to think it over. The all-time home run leader among second basemen hit .280/.327/.418 for the Dodgers last season, finishing his career at .290/.356/.500 with 377 homers, five All-Star appearances and one MVP award. He's deserving of the Hall of Fame, but it remains to be seen if the writers with votes will focus on his play or his abrasive personality.
Wed, Jan 21, 2009 01:10:00 PM

According to the Los Angeles Times, Jeff Kent is "expected to retire."

Kent hit .280/.327/.418 to post an OPS below 800 for the first time since 1997 and lost his starting job by season's end, so the 40-year-old may not be interested in finishing his Hall of Fame-caliber career as a role player. However, he's just one year removed from hitting .302/.375/.500 and would likely have no trouble finding a decent-paying job.
Thu, Oct 30, 2008 09:45:00 AM

Jeff Kent (knee) said Monday that he's healthy enough to start at second base for Game 1 of the NLDS.

"There are a lot of people who think the glass is half empty," Kent said. "In baseball and throughout my whole life, I've always felt it was half full. I don't know what the expectations were. I took it one day at a time and pushed as hard I could."
Tue, Sep 30, 2008 09:00:00 AM

Jeff Kent hit a two-run homer and played five innings at second base Friday against the Giants.

The Dodgers also got four innings from Rafael Furcal at shortstop. Manager Joe Torre is going to have a couple of difficult decisions to make when it comes to his Game 1 lineup in the NLDS.
Sat, Sep 27, 2008 02:19:00 AM

Jeff Kent, thought to be limited to pinch-hitting duties, played three innings at second base on Thursday.

Kent is trying to test the knee and convince the Dodgers that he should be on the postseason roster, even if it's just as a backup. He went 1-for-2 tonight.
Fri, Sep 26, 2008 01:28:00 AM

Manager Joe Torre said Wednesday that Jeff Kent (knee) may not be on the postseason roster if he's unable to play defensively.

"We have to make sure we have flexibility," Torre said. Kent hasn't played an inning in the field since August 29.
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 09:23:00 AM

Dodgers activated second baseman Jeff Kent from the 15-day disabled list.

He's back from knee surgery after three weeks, but all Kent is scheduled to do through the end of the regular season is pinch-hit. He'll be replaced by a pinch-runner when he does reach base.
Sat, Sep 20, 2008 09:37:00 PM

Jeff Kent (knee) has started hitting drills and could take batting practice by early next week.

Kent underwent surgery on his knee earlier this month but he's hoping to return as a pinch-hitter before the season ends.
Sat, Sep 13, 2008 09:04:00 AM

Jeff Kent underwent surgery Tuesday to repair cartilage damage in his left knee.

Players typically miss 3-4 weeks after such an operation, but the Dodgers may bring Kent back in two weeks to act as a pinch-hitter. He was placed on the DL, so he won't be eligible to play again until Sept. 15. Blake DeWitt is expected to fill in at second base.
Tue, Sep 2, 2008 04:36:00 PM

Dodgders placed second baseman Jeff Kent on 15-day disabled list with torn cartilage in left knee.

He's expected to undergo surgery Tuesday and there's speculation that the injury may end Kent's career, but it remains possible that he could return late in the season. Called back up from Triple-A last week, Blake DeWitt is expected to see most of the action at second base in his absence despite hitting just .269/.306/.387 at Las Vegas following his demotion.
Mon, Sep 1, 2008 09:17:00 AM

Jeff Kent will undergo surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee on Tuesday.

It's just going to be a minor operation, so the possibility exists that Kent could return for the final week of the season if the Dodgers remain in the race. In the meantime, Blake DeWitt will play second base.
Mon, Sep 1, 2008 02:20:00 AM

The Dodgers organization is expecting negative results from Jeff Kent's MRI and fear that his career may be over.

Kent has apparently been playing with some amount of torn cartilage in his knee, but the tearing this time around is thought to be much more severe. The MRI results should be revealed on Sunday, but Joe Torre believes this season would have been Kent's final campaign either way. "All the hinting seemed to say that this probably was going to be it for him," Torre said. "I really respect what he has done here, and I have been very comfortable with our relationship. He is a pro. I guess that is the only way you can categorize it."
Sun, Aug 31, 2008 08:24:00 AM

Jeff Kent will undergo an MRI on his left knee Saturday after feeling pain before an at-bat in the seventh inning of Friday's game.

Kent was in so much pain, he couldn't make it to the plate. "I'm worried about it," he said. "We'll get a picture and try to figure out what it is. There's a lot of clicking and popping and it's pretty painful."
Sat, Aug 30, 2008 10:04:00 AM

Jeff Kent returned to action on Friday and went 0-for-4 against the Diamondbacks.

Kent received Thursday off after jamming his knee during Wednesday's game.
Sat, Aug 2, 2008 02:19:00 AM

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