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Jeff Kent’s Hall of Fame Case

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It is not uncommon for someone to jump from average player to chosen player. to the All-Star Game, but it’s a little weirder when that jump is a candidate to the Hall of Fame of MLB. Before the 1997 campaign, the San Francisco Giants made a trade with the then Cleveland Indians to send third baseman Matt Williams to Ohio by Jeff Kent and the Dominicans José Vizcaino and Julián Tavárez.

At the time, Kent was 29 years old and had had good numbers, but not great ones. With a .777 OPS and an average of 16 home runs per year, Kent looked poised to be the starting second baseman in San Francisco, a position where they had received little production the previous year.

The move paid immediate dividends as Kent set a career-high 29 home runs that year. Three years later, he won the LN MVP and was a key part of the Giants’ success behind Barry Bonds. Kent had three other seasons finishing in the top 10 in MVP voting and took home four Silver Bats, retiring as the second baseman with the most homers in history.

Ultimately, Jeff Kent is in his ninth and penultimate years of eligibility on the ballot, getting just 32.1% last year.

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I started as a rookie on Al Bat in early 2018 and I’m going into my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I am a fan of the San Francisco Giants, a number one defender of Barry Bonds and a critic of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to be taken away from the World Series for cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy soccer, football, basketball, and just about any other game that includes a ball or a ball. I am also an amateur musician, penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the shrimp capital of the world, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived in Australia for a while; i survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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