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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
20 9537 .290 .356 .500 121 54.5
Birth Date3-7-1968
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age51 years, 8 months, 12 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1992 NYN 24 37 121 27 8 1 3 7 29 1 0 2 .239 .289 .407 95 -0.2 0.3 -1.5 0.2
1992 TOR 24 65 222 46 13 1 8 20 47 6 2 1 .240 .324 .443 99 0.4 1.3 -2.6 0.6
1993 NYN 25 140 544 134 24 0 21 30 88 8 4 4 .270 .320 .446 104 4.2 -2.1 -15.0 0.2
1994 NYN 26 107 452 121 24 5 14 23 84 10 1 4 .292 .341 .475 104 4.1 3.6 -0.6 1.9
1995 NYN 27 125 514 131 22 3 20 29 89 8 3 3 .278 .327 .464 110 8.0 0.6 2.4 2.5
1996 CLE 28 39 116 27 7 0 3 10 22 1 2 1 .265 .328 .422 94 -0.3 0.8 -0.5 0.2
1996 NYN 28 89 361 97 20 1 9 21 56 1 4 3 .290 .331 .436 94 -1.3 2.2 7.9 2.0
1997 SFN 29 155 651 145 38 2 29 48 133 13 11 3 .250 .316 .472 108 9.1 1.0 14.7 4.0
1998 SFN 30 137 594 156 37 3 31 48 110 9 9 4 .297 .359 .555 134 27.1 2.5 8.3 5.2
1999 SFN 31 138 585 148 40 2 23 61 112 5 13 6 .290 .366 .511 121 19.1 -2.0 -5.2 2.5
2000 SFN 32 159 695 196 41 7 33 90 107 9 12 9 .334 .424 .596 152 53.8 -3.4 3.6 6.9
2001 SFN 33 159 696 181 49 6 22 65 96 11 7 6 .298 .369 .507 124 24.9 -2.2 6.8 4.7
2002 SFN 34 152 682 195 42 2 37 52 101 4 5 1 .313 .368 .565 151 46.7 3.7 6.2 7.5
2003 HOU 35 130 552 150 39 1 22 39 85 5 6 2 .297 .351 .509 118 14.5 0.4 1.4 3.0
2004 HOU 36 145 606 156 34 8 27 49 96 6 7 3 .289 .348 .531 122 18.1 -4.1 -5.8 2.5
2005 LAN 37 149 637 160 36 0 29 72 85 8 6 2 .289 .377 .512 135 27.6 2.8 -3.1 4.5
2006 LAN 38 115 473 119 27 3 14 55 69 8 1 2 .292 .385 .477 118 13.2 -2.1 -2.2 2.1
2007 LAN 39 136 562 149 36 1 20 57 61 5 1 3 .302 .375 .500 125 20.1 -0.3 -2.9 3.2
2008 LAN 40 121 474 123 23 1 12 25 52 7 0 1 .280 .327 .418 102 2.6 -3.6 -3.8 0.8
Career2298953724615604737780115221259460.290.356.500121291.6-0.67.954.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1989 STC A- NYP 73 311 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 DUN A+ FSL 132 512 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 KNX AA SOU 139 540 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 NYN MLB NL 37 121 .246 .306 .361 .296 96 -1.1 3.1 -0.1 95 15 -1.5 0.3 -0.2 0.2
1992 TOR MLB AL 65 222 .258 .328 .384 .270 102 4.1 5.8 0.5 99 15 -2.6 1.3 0.4 0.6
1993 NYN MLB NL 140 544 .261 .322 .392 .289 96 7.7 15.6 -0.4 104 11 -15.0 -2.1 4.2 0.2
1994 NYN MLB NL 107 452 .265 .327 .410 .334 98 9.8 13.7 -0.6 104 7 -0.6 3.6 4.1 1.9
1995 NYN MLB NL 125 514 .259 .325 .399 .302 97 11 15.4 -0.7 110 9 2.4 0.6 8.0 2.5
1996 CLE MLB AL 39 116 .277 .347 .445 .300 100 0.2 3.6 -1.3 94 8 -0.5 0.8 -0.3 0.2
1996 NYN MLB NL 89 361 .266 .329 .414 .322 98 2.8 11.2 1.5 94 8 7.9 2.2 -1.3 2.0
1997 SFN MLB NL 155 651 .264 .330 .415 .271 100 7 17.3 -1.6 108 10 14.7 1.0 9.1 4.0
1998 SFN MLB NL 137 594 .267 .331 .418 .316 98 28.7 15.4 -0.8 134 9 8.3 2.5 27.1 5.2
1999 SFN MLB NL 138 585 .273 .343 .437 .326 97 19.2 15.9 -0.9 121 10 -5.2 -2.0 19.1 2.5
2000 SFN MLB NL 159 695 .269 .340 .436 .357 107 51.2 21.9 -1.9 152 6 3.6 -3.4 53.8 6.9
2001 SFN MLB NL 159 696 .264 .329 .437 .317 98 35.3 20.7 -2.8 124 6 6.8 -2.2 24.9 4.7
2002 SFN MLB NL 152 682 .260 .328 .418 .324 98 44.4 19.7 -1.5 151 6 6.2 3.7 46.7 7.5
2003 HOU MLB NL 130 552 .266 .333 .427 .319 104 17.3 14.5 -0.7 118 9 1.4 0.4 14.5 3.0
2003 ROU AA TXS 3 12 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB NL 145 606 .263 .328 .425 .301 94 28.3 18.0 -1 122 11 -5.8 -4.1 18.1 2.5
2005 LAN MLB NL 149 637 .267 .331 .424 .296 97 29 18.3 -1.6 135 8 -3.1 2.8 27.6 4.5
2006 LAN MLB NL 115 473 .266 .334 .427 .321 94 20.3 14.2 -1.1 118 8 -2.2 -2.1 13.2 2.1
2007 LAN MLB NL 136 562 .264 .328 .419 .308 99 20.6 16.7 -0.8 125 9 -2.9 -0.3 20.1 3.2
2008 LAN MLB NL 121 474 .265 .330 .422 .294 94 0.7 13.7 -0.7 102 9 -3.8 -3.6 2.6 0.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1989 STC A- NYP 311 268 34 60 14 1 13 115 37 33 81 5 1 .224 .322 .429 .205 0 0
1990 DUN A+ FSL 512 447 72 124 32 2 16 208 60 53 98 17 7 .277 .360 .465 .188 3 3
1991 KNX AA SOU 540 445 68 114 34 1 12 186 61 80 104 25 6 .256 .380 .418 .162 2 2
1992 NYN MLB NL 121 113 16 27 8 1 3 46 15 7 29 0 2 .239 .289 .407 .168 0 0
1992 TOR MLB AL 222 192 36 46 13 1 8 85 35 20 47 2 1 .240 .324 .443 .203 4 0
1993 NYN MLB NL 544 496 65 134 24 0 21 221 80 30 88 4 4 .270 .320 .446 .175 4 6
1994 NYN MLB NL 452 415 53 121 24 5 14 197 68 23 84 1 4 .292 .341 .475 .183 3 1
1995 NYN MLB NL 514 472 65 131 22 3 20 219 65 29 89 3 3 .278 .327 .464 .186 4 1
1996 CLE MLB AL 116 102 16 27 7 0 3 43 16 10 22 2 1 .265 .328 .422 .157 3 0
1996 NYN MLB NL 361 335 45 97 20 1 9 146 39 21 56 4 3 .290 .331 .436 .146 3 1
1997 SFN MLB NL 651 580 90 145 38 2 29 274 121 48 133 11 3 .250 .316 .472 .222 10 0
1998 SFN MLB NL 594 526 94 156 37 3 31 292 128 48 110 9 4 .297 .359 .555 .259 10 1
1999 SFN MLB NL 585 511 86 148 40 2 23 261 101 61 112 13 6 .290 .366 .511 .221 8 0
2000 SFN MLB NL 695 587 114 196 41 7 33 350 125 90 107 12 9 .334 .424 .596 .262 9 0
2001 SFN MLB NL 696 607 84 181 49 6 22 308 106 65 96 7 6 .298 .369 .507 .209 13 0
2002 SFN MLB NL 682 623 102 195 42 2 37 352 108 52 101 5 1 .313 .368 .565 .252 3 0
2003 HOU MLB NL 552 505 77 150 39 1 22 257 93 39 85 6 2 .297 .351 .509 .212 3 0
2003 ROU AA TXS 12 10 1 3 0 0 1 6 6 1 1 0 1 .300 .364 .600 .300 0 0
2004 HOU MLB NL 606 540 96 156 34 8 27 287 107 49 96 7 3 .289 .348 .531 .243 11 0
2005 LAN MLB NL 637 553 100 160 36 0 29 283 105 72 85 6 2 .289 .377 .512 .222 4 0
2006 LAN MLB NL 473 407 61 119 27 3 14 194 68 55 69 1 2 .292 .385 .477 .184 3 0
2007 LAN MLB NL 562 494 78 149 36 1 20 247 79 57 61 1 3 .302 .375 .500 .198 6 0
2008 LAN MLB NL 474 440 42 123 23 1 12 184 59 25 52 0 1 .280 .327 .418 .139 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1565 0.5105 0.4914 0.8270 0.7146 0.2585 0.9002 0.6162 0.1730 -0.0095
Career15650.51050.49140.82700.71460.25850.90020.61620.1730-0.0095

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-08-30 2008-09-20 15-DL 21 19 Left Knee Surgery Cartilage 2008-08-31
2006-07-18 2006-08-07 15-DL 20 18 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-05-28 2006-06-14 15-DL 17 15 Left Wrist Sprain -
2003-06-19 2003-07-16 15-DL 27 23 Left Wrist Inflammation -
2002-03-21 2002-04-06 15-DL 16 4 Left Wrist Fracture -
1999-08-03 1999-08-21 15-DL 18 15 Left Foot Inflammation - -
1998-06-10 1998-07-09 15-DL 29 24 Right Knee Sprain - -
1995-07-06 1995-07-21 15-DL 15 12 Right Shoulder Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 LAN $9,000,000
2007 LAN $9,814,117
2006 LAN $9,400,000
2005 LAN $7,350,000
2004 HOU $10,000,000
2003 HOU $7,500,000
2002 SFN $6,000,000
2001 SFN $6,000,000
2000 SFN $6,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$71,064,117
9 yrTotal$71,064,117

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
17 yJeffrey Klein

Details
  • 1 year/$11.5M (2007), plus 2008 club option. Signed extension with LA Dodgers 3/06. $2M signing bonus (paid in installments). 07:$9M, 08:$9M club option ($0.5M buyout). 2008 option guaranteed with 550 plate appearances in 2007. Additional $2.35M in performance bonuses & escalators, 2007-08.
  • 2 years/$17M (2005-06). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/04. $0.5M signing bonus. 05:$7.5M, 06:$9M.
  • 2 years/$18.2M (2003-04), plus 2005 club option. Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/02. $3M signing bonus. 03:$6M, 04:$8.5M, 05:$9M club option ($0.7M buyout). $10.5M deferred: 03: $2M deferred to 3/1/05 & $3M deferred to 7/1/05. 04: $2M deferred to 3/1/06 & $3.5M deferred to 7/1/06. $25,000 All Star award bonus. Houston declined 2005 option 10/04.
  • 3 years/$17.7M (1999-2001), plus 2002 club option. 99:$5.7M, 00:$6M, 01:$6M, 02:$6M club option.
  • 2 years/$6.025M (1997-98), plus 1999 option. Signed by San Francisco 1/97. 97:$2.625M, 98:$3.4M.
  • 1 year/$1.96M (1996). Re-signed by NY Mets 2/96 ($2.275M-$1.5M). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from NY Mets 7/96. Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Cleveland 11/96.
  • 1 year/$0.71M (1995)
  • 1 year/$0.4375M (1994)
  • 1 year/$0.195M (1993). Re-signed by NY Mets 1993.
  • 1 year/$0.109M (1992). Re-signed by Toronto 1992. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Toronto 8/92.
  • Drafted by Toronto 1989 (20-521) (Cal).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Kentís least productive season since 1996 was marred by a torn medial meniscus in his knee that required surgery on September 2, costing him his starting spot in the playoffs despite a dogged rehab effort. Heís pondered retirement this winter, and if weíve seen the last of him for now, the all-time home-run leader among second basemen should have his day at Cooperstown eventually. Kent's prickly personality and businesslike approach often made him an easy target, but his humorlessness should never have been confused with a lack of passion for playing.
2008 Even at 39, Kent remained a force to be reckoned with in 2007, finishing second among all second basemen in MLVr, and second among Dodger hitters in VORP. Unlike 2006 he avoided the DL, though a hamstring strain at the end of July cooled him off from an especially torrid streak (.447/.500/.737 that month). The only knock on his season was his exposure of the team's age-based clubhouse rift by criticizing the professionalism of some of the team's youngsters, which, in turn, raised the ugly memory of Kent's 2005 feud with Milton Bradley. No, he won't make your list of Historical Figures You'd Invite to Dinner, but his ticket to Cooperstown is increasingly validated with every passing season, and at $9 million he's a bargain if he can approach his 2007 production.
2007 The Milton Bradley incident aside, Kent was one of the few bright spots of the Dodgers` dismal 2005 season, but the injuries he avoided then found him last year. Beaned by Brad Hennessey on April 17, he sustained a concussion and struggled with blurred vision that sapped his productivity; he hit just .183/.310/.244 for the month. He was sidelined by a wrist strain in late May, and was dogged by a grade-two oblique strain that limited him to 25 at-bats in July. He returned to the lineup on August 7 and hit .327/.407/.515 the rest of the way. You can`t ask for much more than that from a 38-year-old second baseman, so it`s tough to begrudge Ned Colletti granting him an $11.5-million extension for 2007 with a $9-million club option for 2008 that vests with 550 plate appearances. Kent holds the all-time record for homers by a second baseman, and he`s now topped 100 WARP (103.9); by the end of this contract his Cooperstown credentials should be unassailable.
2006 On the field, the signing of Kent was one thing that went right for the Dodgers. He reversed the slight decline of his two Astros years, becoming the centerpiece of the offense and advancing his case for a spot in Cooperstown. His fielding, long underrated, fell off a bit, though it`s possible that had something to do with the turnover at the other infield positions. Off the field, Kent`s role in the Milton Bradley fiasco marred his otherwise stellar season, though it`s hard to know how seriously to take anything Bradley says. If, as ex-teammate Lance Berkman said, Kent `ignores Latinos, blacks and whites equally,` then the most he`s guilty of is self-absorption. Or perhaps he`s the embodiment of pure evil. The additions of Rafael Furcal and Nomar Garciaparra suggest that either Kent or Izturis is trade bait once the latter returns from injury.
2005 Kent can still hit any fastball, any time, anywhere, something Jason Isringhausen will not soon forget. His declineómostly batting average and walk rateóhas been masked a bit by the move from San Francisco to Houston, so his raw numbers could take a big hit as he moves to Chavez Ravine. He's long been better defensively than he gets credit for being. Is he a Hall of Famer? He can boast fantastic raw numbers thanks to his era, but his career value is on the low end for a Hall of Fame second baseman, and very low for a BBWAA pick. The next two years will be critical for him.
2004 Perhaps having learned from past mistakes, Gerry Hunsicker's largesse was limited to a two-year deal for Kent after the 2002 season. Good thing, as the former all-world second baseman started showing chinks in his armor last season. Kent missed several weeks with left wrist tendinitis, and his 130 games played was his lowest total since 1995. More troubling, Kent's home run total plunged, despite moving to a far more tater-friendly park. Most puzzling is the nosedive in his walks column, given that older players often walk more as they age. Kent's drop from 90 to 39 walks in three years is a troubling, perplexing trend. He'll make $8.5 million in '04, after which the Astros need to decline his option and either chuck him or bring him back at a reduced rate if they want to get value. Last year we gave Kent solid odds for making the Hall of Fame. If he leaves Minute Maid Park behind for a more neutral stadium after this season, the tail end of his career may start to look ugly quickly, and voters may hold that against him. Kent may want to consider Colorado as his next destination: we hear the schools are top-notch.
2003 BPís Michael Wolverton wrote an article for ESPN.com in early September that stacked Kentís 2002 against historyís great second base seasons, and found that Kent was on track to have one of the elite seasons ever at that position. Kent finished slow, so his season fell a little short of that lofty territory projected in the article, but it was a historically great season nevertheless. Using the metric used in that article, Kentís 2002 was bettered by only nine second basemen in history (Hornsby many times; Morgan, Lajoie, and Gehringer twice each; and Biggio, Collins, Lazzeri, Robinson, and Kent himself once each). ďTwo of the top 20 second base seasons of all timeĒ is a pretty good top bullet for a Hall of Fame resume. Gone to Houston, heíll be teammates with a second baseman who has an even better Hall of Fame resume.
2002 His season looked like a disappointment because of the expectations set by his MVP campaign and a decline in his performance with men on base. Kent did poorly in at-bats preceded by intentional walks to Barry Bonds, aggravating the perception that he was having a bad year. In reality, he was the best second baseman in the league by a large margin. Heís never mentioned in Hall of Fame discussions, but he's had a better career than some HOF second basemen, and he's had Joe Gordon as his best age-based comp for four years now.
2001 Jeff Kent is a great ballplayer with no weaknesses to speak of in his game. He used to have subpar plate discipline, but that fault appears to have been addressed. Kent hits for average and power, plays defense, stays healthy, and gives the media what they want. He pushes a club towards a championship and is a deserving MVP.
2000 He is perhaps the best evidence in favor of Brian Sabean's competence. Kent is good for an injury per season, and his defense in 1999 was subpar due to his playing through foot and toe owies. But he's a second baseman who has put up consecutive .290 EqAs, and guys like that don't grow on trees. To most of the nation, he's underrated. In the Bay Area, they think he's better than Bonds. And they wonder why the rest of the country thinks theyíre weird.
1999 I sat next to Kent's parents at a game a few years ago when he was a Met having a great start. Fans brought signs to the park reading "Jeff Kent Is God." I asked his parents what it was like having a son that people referred to as God. Mr. Kent just beamed proudly, but Mrs. Kent replied, "Well, when he comes home, he's just Jeff." Just Jeff was plenty good enough last year; Brian Sabean gets to gloat about this one. Even so, Just Jeff wasn't the team MVP.
1998 Kent played pretty well and set a club record for homers by a second baseman, but this led to an overestimation of his value. His average glove and poor OBP countered the power, leaving him as a better than average second baseman overall. He had a fine year, even if most people misunderstood it. Kent needs to be used properly, but is a quality player that can help almost any team.
1997 A fine little player who was misused by both the Indians and the Mets last year. He never has had the arm strength or instincts to handle third, but the Mets wanted to make their offense weaker by signing Jose Vizcaino to a ludicrous contract, so Kent had to be moved. Itís fairly straightforward: as a second baseman, Kent is one of the better ones in his league, despite his defensive shortcomings. As a corner infielder, heís a light hitter and a defensive liability. If the Giants arenít any stupider than they have to be to have made the Matt Williams trade in the first place, theyíll leave Kent at second. If Kentís hitting higher than sixth, itís another sign of an extremely weak lineup.

Kentís platoon splits have gone every direction imaginable over the last few years. He started his career with epic problems against left-handed pitchers, then crushed them and is now back to going homerless against them.
1996  Every year you hear about what a poor second baseman Kent is; how he can't turn the double play, has little range and makes too many errors. But after all these years he's still a second baseman. There's a good reason for that. Kent is one of the best hitters at his position in all of baseball, and there's no reason to think that will change anytime soon. His defensive liabilities are overrated; he's an average defensive player, and his bat is potent enough that he ranks behind only the big four (Alomar, Baerga, Biggio, and Knoblauch) among the second basemen in the game today.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, I'm sure you're going to get a bunch of questions on if is a hall of famer to you. My question is on Jeff Kent. He's pretty well below HOF average in JAWS for second basemen (mostly because his WAR is lowered due to the era in which he played), but his non-adjusted numbers are pretty high for a second baseman. Would you say that he is a hall of famer?
(Dan from Danvers)
I'm not a huge fan of his candidacy, especially on a ballot as crowded as the coming ones. That said, the big knock on him is defense, which is much less of an exact science, and his merits from a traditional standpoint are pretty decent. I wouldn't put him on my ballot, but I can understand why others would. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't a change in coaches/team have to factor in a player coming from nowhere? Matt Stairs, Jeff Kent, Ryan Ludwick, Joes Batista all went from one team to another. Not only do they get playing time but a new coach that could correct a defect.
(Bob from DC)
It's tough to measure that sort of thing, but it's something to look out for when it does happen. Ludwick had the benefit of being healthy as well. Bautista actually started hitting for more power before he went to Toronto--had a huge September in 2009. Coaches tend to get too much or too little credit it seems. There are times where they definitely make a difference with a player though. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)With second basemen tending to hit that early cliff, do you think Chase Utley is the player we've come to expect this season?
(Will Bailey from Washington)
Yes. Late starter, very adept around the bag. He's more Jeff Kent than anything else, and he'll be good for a long time. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jeff Kent a first-ballot HoF-er?
(Jack B from NJ)
No. But I do believe he'll get in, probably within a few years of being eligble. I'm not sure it's actually warranted (see last year's article; low defensive value, middling OBPs). (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does the inclusion of Sean Rodriguez as the PTBNL in the Scott Kazmir trade change your opinion on it at all?
(eneff1 from Berkeley, CA)
I followed up on that element the next day, and no, not substantially. Rodriguez isn't going to stick at shortstop, and murdilating pitching in Utah in a repeat engagement isn't exactly a rare talent, as good as Rodriguez is. I don't think he'll be the next Jeff Kent, but I do think he can be a solid regular at second. The problem as I see it is that a solid regular at second is an easier commodity to find than a quality rotation regular. For me, the deal still boils down to how good Torres winds up, and that could be very good. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, now that Mr. Beckham has settled in with the ChiSox do you see him as a more like Jeff Kent? Utley? Joe Morgan? Uggla?
(max from DC)
I think Utley is a good comp. I really like Beckham a lot. He's made a huge jump and a very short period. (John Perrotto)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)To Derek Lowe's chagrin, is there any reason the Dodgers wont have the best up the middle infield defense in baseball this year? Martin is more than solid, Hudson, though overrated, is still a top line 2b and Furcal is near gold glove level. How much of a help will they be to the kiddie corps?
(Silv from NY, NY)
Keep in mind that much of Hudson's good defensive stats are generated by his work on balls in the air. Like Derek Jeter, he has very good range going back on balls. He's a good infielder otherwise, but the numbers would lead you to believe he's Frank White. He's not.

With that said, this team had Angel Berroa and Jeff Kent up the middle at times last year. This is much better. A good defense helps you develop pitching by encouraging early-count outs, reducing pitches out of the stretch and getting guys off the field quickly. The Dodgers have helped themselves in more ways than one. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a business venture for you. We can start the Hall of Very Good players. We can place it in nearby Utica, NY and players like Jeff Kent, Sammy Sosa, Curt Schilling can headline our class in 5 years or so! What do you think?
(Ryan from NY)
Pass. While none of the players yo mention are slam dunks, all three have reasonable HOF cases and I would expect one or two of them to get in.

Besides, I'd favor Schenectady over Utica out of personal allegiance to a friend. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff Kent - Hall of famer?
(leitch71 from Baltimore)
I'm considering taking up this question -- and that of other recent retirees like Greg Maddux and Mike Mussina -- for my next piece, so I'll withhold comment until then.

Apologies for the technical difficulties thus far. The epically slow load times I'm experiencing on this end have me needing to reset the chat. Back momentarily... (Jay Jaffe)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does a player like Adam Dunn land in this mess of a marketplace? I can't think of any good fits off the top of my head (maybe Anaheim?) where his skillset meshes well with the team's needs and likely tolerances...
(Aaron from YYZ)
It's difficult to believe that a 29-year-old who's reached 40 homers in each of hte last five seasons won't find a home eventually. Slotted at first base, he'd be a decent play for the Nationals, who could undoubtedly use his thump. I've argued before (http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/web/COM1148908/index.htm) that he would make good sense for the Dodgers in the event they don't re-sign Manny Ramirez, since they haven't had a player top 20 homers since Jeff Kent in 2005. Though he lacks Manny's charisma, even moving into the least hitter-friendly park of his career he'd be an imposing middle-of-the-order presence, and he's hardly a major step down from Manny defensively. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve: Loved the book on Casey. There's nothing else like it. The Swisher trade is a great deal for which Cashman deserves a lot of credit-first of all in finding him, hadn't the Sox put him in the Witness Protection Program? But I digress. I do have the opinion that the Yankees must move on with Robinson Cano. While his trade value has been diminished, wait til you see what it is this time next year! Proposed replacements: (a) Available inexpensively: Mike Fontenot, who is a free agent. Available expensively: Jeff Kent (please NO!), Brian Roberts. Am I jumping the shark on Cano?
(BeplerP from New York City)
Thank you, BeplerP, for reading Forging Genius and for the kind words. The question isn't whether you've jumped the shark on Cano, but whether Cano himself has jumped the shark (I've never heard jumping the shark used to signify that one might be ahead of the shark). I don't think he has, given his age and post-April rates of .297/.326/.448. The problem with Cano is that he seems like he doesn't care half the time. He's locked in for a week, and then he goes 0-for-20 swinging at first pitches and starts making careless plays in the infield. This makes him immensely frustrating to watch, not least of all to the Yankees themselves. How do you keep this guy locked in? They don't know, so the temptation is to make him someone else's problem--and it wouldn't be the end of the world. You could get a 2B who has lower highs but also higher lows, or lower batting averages but is better at getting on base. In that case, the decision to make a change depends on who you can get--the Yankees really need to stay focused on offense. But if your question is, "Will he rebound and improve his value?" I think yes, he will. (Steven Goldman)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Luis Castillo for Mike Cameron ... allows Weeks to move to CF, gives the Mets another couple of years to find a corner OF ... (of course, we have to figure out if Daniel Murphy can hack it at 2B this Winter)
(dianagramr from NYC)
Good point, Diane, except that Cameron's not really an asset in a corner. I was sort of counting on Murphy/Tatis to man one corner, and then no rely too heavily on Ryan Church. Obviously, position-relative value-wise, Murphy might make a lovely hitter for a second baseman, but for every Jeff Kent who actually transcended low expectations for his defense, you've got a legion of guys whose glove work doesn't hack it. Castillo might be the lesser evil the Mets just have to endure because, like Schneider, he was more valuable to Omar Minaya than he is to several billion other people. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay. You continue to rock the house at BP. Follow-up to the first question of the chat--who do you see as the most likely HOF candidates on each of these WS teams? I know it's a lot harder to make any kind of prognostication with the kids, like Price, but hey, it's fun to take a guess.
(Ameer from NYC)
Hey Ameer! Thanks for the kind words. Looking at these rosters, I'd say both Utley and Howard have uphill battles given their relatively late starts to their careers, though Utley could be the Jeff Kent of the next decade albeit with better defense AND plate discipline. Rollins may make a run at 3000 hits; despite his flaws, he's got 1461 through his Age 29 season and he's generally been very durable. The sky's the limit for Cole Hamels if he stays healthy...

And you an say that about Longoria, Upton, Price, Shields, Kazmir... all of them or none of them might pan out as HOFers - if I had to pick one I'd put my money on Longoria. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay, thanks for all the great work you do at BP and FI. Do you have any insight into why the Dodgers are only using LaRoche as a spot player? Or when he may become a regular? I'm of the opinion that a prospect should be playing every day, in the majors if he's ready and there's room, or the minors otherwise. Anything less and you're stunting his development.
(Jeff from NYC)
Sticking with the Dodgers for a couple more here... I tend to agree with you, particularly given the way in which LaRoche has struggled to stay healthy over the last couple years.With Blake DeWitt slumping (.196/.260/.217 in June) and the Dodger offense wheezing, now's the time to make the move. Let LaRoche play now that he's healthy, send DeWitt back to Triple-A and let him rediscover his stroke and review how to play second base, because it may make sense to put him there given Jeff Kent's struggles. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shawn Greene is a Jewish dude with a Catholic-sounding name, but I doubt he could get me a severed toe by this afternoon. Luke Scott might pull a gun in a bowling alley. Bob Watson might be the only one around here who cares about the rules.
(I think it's Sobchak from Los Angeles)
We've got these and whole bunch of others. John Kruk, Jeff Kent, and a vote for Nelson Figueroa as Donny. (Marc Normandin)
2008-05-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jesus is back in jail. I need another bowling partner? Do you think Ozzie Guillen is available?
(Liam from (Hollywood Lanes))
Not with the White Sox winning, he isn't! By the way, based on the queue, I think Jeff Kent is our winner as Walter. (Marc Normandin)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brian Bannister said after being pounded in Texas last night (paraphrasing): I'm a fly ball pitcher who pitches to contact in with the wind blowing out, I'm the last pitching in baseball we wanted on the mound tonight. His intelligence is well-known by now, but isn't it still refreshing for a major leaguer, in one quote, to reference park factors and accurately assess his own abilities and shortcomings?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
That's a fantastic comment. It'll never catch on, but I love hearing baseball players talk about baseball, instead of interpersonal relations, or spouting cliches, or what have you. Maybe they don't all have much to say, but wouldn't you love to talk about hitting mechanics with Barry Bonds or Manny Ramirez, or pitch selection with Pedro Martinez, or footwork with Jeff Kent? There's a lot of baseball out there to be covered in the gaps between this controversy and the next one. We're working on it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Just how good is Gordon Beckham? Top 10 pick good?
(Adam from Michigan)
And we move on to the other best player in the nation so far. Honestly, the potential Golden Spikes debate we have between Beckham and Crow is the best we have had in a long time. Beckham is also drawing a ton of interest, as seen by the 6 or so questions in the queue about him. I think Beckham might be a 2B in the end, but he could be Jeff Kent-like at the position, and I think he's getting to the point where the top 10 is a real possibility. He won't slip past Oakland at 12, but won't the Reds at 7 be pretty interested? (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Considering the A's intention to go young and to create openings/opportunities for their prospects to develop, why would they want Bonds? Moreover, doesn't it seem counterproductive for a rebuilding team to bring in that kind of distraction and "me-first" attitude?
(brain from long beach, ca)
I think that if the A's put all the pieces together and still have a hole at DH, Bonds fits. I think he'd be a distraction, but no one (besides Jeff Kent, who is a moron) has ever called him a bad teammate. Joe Sheehan and I talked last year about Bonds to the Rays on the chance that his plate discipline would rub off on Young or Dukes. The same could hold true for the A's, though I don't see the need quite as strong there.

Moreover, if you have eight no-name kids and Bonds, that still sells some tickets, especially in a rebuilding year. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourWhy isn't Jeff Kent playing tonight? I know it's a small sample, but 5-for-6 off Blanton doesn't buy you a start? (Caleb Peiffer)
 

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