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misterx
01-21-2009, 05:09 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3849334

benelli1979
01-21-2009, 09:32 PM
I think he has the numbers to do it but they might come with a few *'s. His best seasons came when he batted after Barry Bonds in the lineup and everyone was scared to pitch to Bonds. Kent got to see a ton of good pitches. Also, I hate to say it, but I'm wary of a lot of guys HR numbers in that era. And considering who else was in that locker room, who knows if he was juicing or not.

If I had to vote I would lean toward no. When I think of Jeff Kent I don't think of him as one of the greatest players of all time, which might have more to do with me not giving him enough credit then any fault of his. One thing that may hurt him is that I don't think he was very popular with the media guys. They hold a grudge sometimes when it comes to HOF voting.

#1 Fan
01-22-2009, 10:35 AM
maybe the "hall of better than average for a long time," but not the hall of fame.

TheDon74
01-22-2009, 10:44 AM
He put those numbers up as a second baseman. That goes along way with the voters. Keep in mind Ryan Sandberg is in and Kent had better numbers. As far as the comment that he may have been juicing because he was in the same looker room as Bonds. If you remember they hated each other, so I kind of doubt they were shooting up together.

CedarPhin
01-22-2009, 12:03 PM
I hope he goes in as a Giant.

benelli1979
01-23-2009, 02:45 AM
He put those numbers up as a second baseman. That goes along way with the voters. Keep in mind Ryan Sandberg is in and Kent had better numbers. As far as the comment that he may have been juicing because he was in the same looker room as Bonds. If you remember they hated each other, so I kind of doubt they were shooting up together.

I forgot about them hating each other.

Maybe roid rage? : )

CedarPhin
01-23-2009, 08:50 AM
They couldn't stand each other. Hell, they even got into a fight in the dugout during one game.

Namor
01-23-2009, 11:03 AM
He has 84 more homers as a 2nd baseman than Ryan Sandberg,
who is in the Hall.Kent is a first or second ballet HOFer.

TheDon74
01-23-2009, 11:17 AM
I think he has the numbers to do it but they might come with a few *'s. His best seasons came when he batted after Barry Bonds in the lineup and everyone was scared to pitch to Bonds. Kent got to see a ton of good pitches. Also, I hate to say it, but I'm wary of a lot of guys HR numbers in that era. And considering who else was in that locker room, who knows if he was juicing or not.

If I had to vote I would lean toward no. When I think of Jeff Kent I don't think of him as one of the greatest players of all time, which might have more to do with me not giving him enough credit then any fault of his. One thing that may hurt him is that I don't think he was very popular with the media guys. They hold a grudge sometimes when it comes to HOF voting.

Kent never just got big over night like a lot of these guys. He was always the same size and I think he was one of those old school guys that was really into the history of the game. I think the reason he hated Bonds was because he knew what he was doing and felt he was cheating the game, even though he would never say anything because you also don't throw a teammate under the bus. I say he's in and he'll get in pretty quick like 2nd time he's up.