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    Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    It is being reported that Jeff Kent will announce his retirement.
    Should he make the Hall of Fame? Yes.
    Will he make the Hall of Fame? I don't know; it will probably take him a few years.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    this makes it more economically feasible for the Dodgers to chase Manny.

    also i have trouble with the idea of Kent being in the Hall (which i think he should) before Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammel.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Kent deserves to get in, IMO, as I believe he's pretty easily amongst the top 15 2B of all-time. Of course, I also think he's neck-and-neck with Bobby Grich, and Grich isn't in (Kent the better hitter, Grich the better fielder, overall value extremely close). I'd take both over Joe Gordon, whoI think is borderline yet just got elected via the Vets' Committee this year.

    I'd probably rank the top 20 second basemen of all-time something like this:

    1. Eddie Collins
    2. Rogers Hornsby
    3. Joe Morgan (I go back-and-forth on Collins/Hornsby/Morgan often; this is very interchangeable, IMO)
    4) Nap Lajoie
    5) Craig Biggio (easy HOFer, IMO)
    6) Jackie Robinson
    7) Roberto Alomar (easy HOFer, IMO)
    8) Charlie Gehringer
    9) Ryne Sandberg
    10) Frankie Frisch
    11) Rod Carew
    12) Jeff Kent
    13) Bobby Grich
    14) Larry Doyle
    15) Billy Herman
    16) Joe Gordon
    17) Nellie Fox
    18) Lou Whitaker
    19) Bobby Doerr
    20) Willie Randolph

    Chase Utley has a pretty good chance of joining this group somewhere. It'll be fun seeing how his career unfolds and what type of historic 2B Utley develops into.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Having the highest career HR total for a 2B should help his HOF case.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted View Post
    Having the highest career HR total for a 2B should help his HOF case.
    Doing it during the steroids era won't help though. I'm not saying he did it but I think a lot of voters will hold it against anyone that played during this time that hit a lot of home runs.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792 View Post
    Kent deserves to get in, IMO, as I believe he's pretty easily amongst the top 15 2B of all-time. Of course, I also think he's neck-and-neck with Bobby Grich, and Grich isn't in (Kent the better hitter, Grich the better fielder, overall value extremely close). I'd take both over Joe Gordon, whoI think is borderline yet just got elected via the Vets' Committee this year.

    I'd probably rank the top 20 second basemen of all-time something like this:

    1. Eddie Collins
    2. Rogers Hornsby
    3. Joe Morgan (I go back-and-forth on Collins/Hornsby/Morgan often; this is very interchangeable, IMO)
    4) Nap Lajoie
    5) Craig Biggio (easy HOFer, IMO)
    6) Jackie Robinson
    7) Roberto Alomar (easy HOFer, IMO)
    8) Charlie Gehringer
    9) Ryne Sandberg
    10) Frankie Frisch
    11) Rod Carew
    12) Jeff Kent
    13) Bobby Grich
    14) Larry Doyle
    15) Billy Herman
    16) Joe Gordon
    17) Nellie Fox
    18) Lou Whitaker
    19) Bobby Doerr
    20) Willie Randolph

    Chase Utley has a pretty good chance of joining this group somewhere. It'll be fun seeing how his career unfolds and what type of historic 2B Utley develops into.

    Not seeing D'Angelo Jimenez on that list anywhere. You must have erred.

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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Dibble and and especially Seth what his face were killin' Kent on XM today though both agreed he should get in the hall. Neither could think of anything positive to say about him as a person....not a hall requirement to be sure.

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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    I think he will make it, eventually. Probably not a first-year inductee - and not because of his numbers, but because of his occasional feuds. I'm not saying that is right, but I would not put it past the baseball writers (see: Blyleven, Rice).

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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    If--and this is a BIG IF--B.Phil had a couple more historic 30-30 seasons and played at a generally high level until his mid-late 30's, could he make a case for the Hall? (maybe sprinkle in another gold glove or two as well)
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    I think Kent and many others will lay low the 1st few months of the year, and then get gobbled up when teams start getting pennant fever.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by MrCinatit View Post
    I think he will make it, eventually. Probably not a first-year inductee - and not because of his numbers, but because of his occasional feuds. I'm not saying that is right, but I would not put it past the baseball writers (see: Blyleven, Rice).
    i agree. that's why i think he won't be first ballot. but really, how many players averaged 100+ RBIs in a 162 game season, and how many of them played second base? i bet Kent's the only who played second...maybe Hornsby...
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    In his day, Kent would've been the perfect pairing with Dunn.
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    Re: Jeff Kent to announce retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    If--and this is a BIG IF--B.Phil had a couple more historic 30-30 seasons and played at a generally high level until his mid-late 30's, could he make a case for the Hall? (maybe sprinkle in another gold glove or two as well)
    As Phillips stands now, he pretty much has little to no shot. What little shot he has involves him doing one of three things:

    1) Doubling his walk rate, which makes huge OBP strides and also greatly helps him sustain that 30 HR power on an annual basis (i.e. significantly boost his SLG too). He'd then be a serious offensive weapon far beyond what he is now. As it is now, that 30 HR power will be few and far between without a boost in walks.

    2) Start hitting about .320+ consistently year after year. That would also obviously enable him to become a serious offensive weapon.

    3) Become this generation's version of Bill Mazeroski with the glove. And while Phillips is very good with the leather, but he's no Maz.

    Phillips' seasonal win shares from 2006-08 are 14, 18, and 18. Most HOF second baggers have at least a few 30+ win share seasons (or several seasons in the high 20s).

    Also, Phillips' win shares per 162 games average as a Red is 18.08 (this isn't including his abysmal production as a Cleveland Indian), and while that's a nice player, it's nowhere near HOF caliber. He pretty much has to get that number up to 23+ for his career, and that would take several seasons of the 30ish variety to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone792 View Post
    As Phillips stands now, he pretty much has little to no shot. What little shot he has involves him doing one of three things:

    1) Doubling his walk rate, which makes huge OBP strides and also greatly helps him sustain that 30 HR power on an annual basis (i.e. significantly boost his SLG too). He'd then be a serious offensive weapon far beyond what he is now. As it is now, that 30 HR power will be few and far between without a boost in walks.

    2) Start hitting about .320+ consistently year after year. That would also obviously enable him to become a serious offensive weapon.

    3) Become this generation's version of Bill Mazeroski with the glove. And while Phillips is very good with the leather, but he's no Maz.

    Phillips' seasonal win shares from 2006-08 are 14, 18, and 18. Most HOF second baggers have at least a few 30+ win share seasons (or several seasons in the high 20s).

    Also, Phillips' win shares per 162 games average as a Red is 18.08 (this isn't including his abysmal production as a Cleveland Indian), and while that's a nice player, it's nowhere near HOF caliber. He pretty much has to get that number up to 23+ for his career, and that would take several seasons of the 30ish variety to do so.
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