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Hall of Fame Poll: Jeff Kent

Would you vote Jeff Kent into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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Jason Kendall is the next on the ballot, but I don't think many would vote that he was a Hall of Fame type. He had a nice career, playing 15 seasons. He was a catcher with little power, but he could steal a base and he also could take a walk. He had OBP over .390 six times in his career. He scored over 100 runs once. He was a three time All-Star and came in third in Rookie of the Year voting, back in 1996. He played for the Pirates, A's, Cubs, Brewers and Royals.

He finished with a .288/.366/.378 line, 75 home runs and 189 steals in 2085 games. If he had been thought of as a good defensive catcher, you might be able to make a case for him. Baseball Reference has him at a 41.5 WAR.

It is Jeff Kent's third time on the ballot, he was on 14% of the writers ballots last year.

Kent had a very good 17 season career that started with the Blue Jays. He was traded in the middle of his rookie season to the Mets for David Cone. We can't complain too much, we won the World Series that year. He was pretty good for the Mets. He was traded to the Indians in the middle of the 1996 season. After that season he was part of a big trade between the Indians and Giants. It was with the Giants he became a star. After San Francisco he went to the Astros and Dodgers.

In total he played 2298 games, hit 377 home runs, had 1518 RBI with a .290/.356/.500 slash line. Not bad for a middle infielder. He won the NL MVP in 2000, played on 5 All-Star teams and won 4 Silver Slugger awards. He had more than 100 RBI 8 times (helped along by opponents intentionally walking Barry Bonds)

He also didn't get along with Bonds, which is a bit of a plus in my book, though he really didn't have to be such a jerk about it. It seemed, like his dislike of Bonds had a lot to do with jealousy.  And then there was the time he broke his wrist, during spring training. At first he said it happened washing his truck, but turns out he crashed his motorcycle doing wheelies. He was also a contestant on Survivor, which seems to be something that former players are doing these days.