Four reasons Jeff Kent is a first ballot Hall of Famer

Jeff Kent1. Jeff Kent has 377 career home runs which is the best all-time among second baseman. That is 74 more home runs than Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, 76 more than Rogers Hornsby, and 240 more than Jackie Robinson. Kent brought a sense of power that has been almost absent from the position.Most teams would be happy with 10-15 home runs from their second baseman, Kent averaged 22 per season. He is one of only three second baseman to hit 30 home runs in a season and the only one to hit 20 home runs in nine straight seasons.

2. 560 doubles is good for 21st all-time among all hitters. That is more doubles than Tony Gwynn, Lou Gehrig, Frank Robinson, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Rickey Henderson. Each one of those players is considered a tremendous hitter and has already been forever enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

3. 1,518 ranks 47th all-time among all hitters. As mentioned before, second base is thought of as a speed and defensive position. Jeff Kent redefined the position by driving in 100 RBI in 8 seasons. His run production reached it’s peak in 2000 when he drove in 125 runs on his way to winning the NL MVP.

Jeff Kent4. Hardware, Kent is the proud owner of one NL MVP, four Silver Slugger Awards, and five All-Star selections including being named the starting second baseman in 2005. Kent was awarded a World Series ring with the Blue Jays in 1992 despite being trade to the Mets mid season.

Jeff Kent is in no way one of the greatest to ever play the game, but he redefined the position he played. Before him second baseman were small and quick with a little pop (Dustin Pedroia, Orlando Hudson, Freddy Sanchez) but now second baseman can be known to hit with the best of them (Chase Utley, Dan Uggla, Brandon Phillips).

He may not be considered the best guy in the clubhouse or the best teammate, but Jeff Kent was a hell of a baseball player. Jeff Kent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot no questions asked. When that time comes I’m confident he will hear his name called.

~Ben

14 Comments

I’d vote for him if a could! Just a note – Pedroia only has a “little pop”? Ben, I think he’s a pretty good hitter also.

Julia
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I wasn’t trying to take anything away from him but he doesn’t really have a lot of power. I said second baseman were usually small and quick with a little pop, as in he can hit one out but not often. He had 17 home runs last year but only 8 the year before. If he can consistently hit 17-25 home runs then I think he would move into the power hitting second baseman category with Chase Utley, Dan Uggla and Brandon Phillips.

Enjoyed the post, as always. When you look at Kent’s numbers you have to recognize the one underlying fact you pointed out, his power at his position is virtually unparalleled. I have a hard time thinking he will be a first ballot guy though, even though I firmly believe he will get in eventually. Even Sandberg wasn’t a first ballot HOF’er… which is hard to believe when you look up and down his laundry list of awards, which included not only MVP’s, All-Star appearances and Silver Sluggers, but also nine Gold Glove Awards. While we’re on that topic, I think Roberto Alomar should be a first ballot guy – no questions asked.
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Why I do think Kent will go into the hall of fame I don’t think he will go in on his first time. He doesn’t have 500 home runs or 3000 hits. He will probably make it in on his second or third try like the “Moose.”

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

HB/Ben, Sup brotha, nice entry. I agree he was kind of a schwanz in the clubhouse, but you can’t deny what he managed to accomplish. I say he gets in on the third or fourth try, but he will get in…D
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Ben,
I think he’ll definitely go to the HOF. Which cap will he wear though? I’m thinking Giants.
Pedroia may be little but he has more than a little pop
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Kent is far from a no doubter, but I too would vote for him and touched up on it not too long ago.

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