Is Jeff Kent a Hall-of-Famer?
Just got word from the Dodgers that veteran second baseman Jeff Kent plans on announcing his retirement tomorrow at a news conference at Dodger Stadium. This has been an extremely harsh winter for older free agents -- right, Mr. Griffey? -- and Kent has now taken the path chosen a year ago by Mike Piazza. By the time the winter is over, you might see a few more big-name players (Frank Thomas? Pudge Rodriguez?) joining that fraternity of possible Hall-of-Fame retirees.
Without doing a whole lot of number-crunching here, I'm inclined to say Kent is deserving of election to Cooperstown in five years. He was certainly one of the dominant second basemen of his era, along with Roberto Alomar and Craig Biggio. And his candidacy will be largely defined by the fact he holds the all-time record for homers by a second baseman, with 351, or 74 more than Ryne Sandberg.
What's your take on Kent: yea or nay?
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