NY/SF Giants best players all-time: No. 29-Jeff Kent
This was a very hard decision to make at the 29th spot. It came down to Jeff Kent and Orlando Cepeda.
Both were pretty close in overall numbers and I went with Jeff Kent because he won a National League MVP with the San Francisco Giants in 2000 and is the overall home run leader among National League second baseman. He also had a higher career BABIP and a higher WAR.
Kent was a three-time All-Star and three-time Silver Slugger award winner in six seasons in a San Francisco Giants uniform.
When he arrived in San Francisco, he was immediately placed right in front of Barry Bonds in the lineup, and Kent was a huge part of the Giants’ NL West championship in 2000. As I said earlier, Kent won the MVP over Bonds even though he was still overshadowed by the home run champion in the casual fan’s eyes.
In 2002, Kent had another stellar season, as he 37 home runs and drove in over 100 runs with a batting average over .300. That season would end with the Giants winning the National League pennant but then falling to the Angels in the World Series.
Bonds and Kent didn’t get along too well, so it had to be a contributing factor to why he left in free agency after October.
After his Giants career, he moved on to play for six more seasons with the Astros and Dodgers, but when you ask someone about Jeff Kent they remember him for the six years he played in the Bay Area.