Jeff Kent blames ‘non-voting stat folks’ as Hall of Fame dream ends

Jeff Kent blames ‘non-voting stat folks’ as Hall of Fame dream ends

Former Giants MVP Jeff Kent has did not get into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in his tenth and closing 12 months on the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America’s poll. Kent obtained 46.5 p.c of the vote, which is effectively under the 75 p.c wanted to be inducted.

The votes have been introduced on Tuesday evening, with solely Scott Rolen headed to Cooperstown. Together with Kent, gamers like Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez additionally fell effectively brief with 35.7 and 33.2 p.c of votes, respectively.

Kent didn’t take the consequence effectively.

“The voting over time has been an excessive amount of of a head-scratching embarrassment,” Kent instructed he San Francisco Chronicle in a textual content.

“Baseball is shedding a pair generations of nice gamers that have been the very best of their period as a result of a pair non-voting stat of us maintain evaluating these gamers to gamers already voted in from generations previous and are influencing the votes.”

Jeff Kent enjoying for the Mets in 1994Getty Photos

Kent first turned a longtime participant with the Mets within the early Nineteen Nineties, earlier than he was dealt to Cleveland on the 1996 commerce deadline for Alvaro Espinoza and Carlos Baerga. Kent was then traded after the 1996 season to San Francisco, the place he established himself as an All-Star and gained the NL MVP in 2000.

Kent racked up 2,461 hits, 1,518 RBIs, 377 residence runs (most all-time for a second baseman) and a .290 batting common in his 17-year profession. The five-time All-Star began his profession with the Blue Jays and later performed for the Astros and Dodgers.

Nonetheless, Rolen gained eight Gold Glove awards at third base — thought-about a extra vital defensive place than second base. Rolen’s profession was WAR was 70.1, in comparison with Kent’s 55.4.

Kevin Mitchell (left). Jeff Kent (center), and Willie McCovey at a ceremony celebrating Buster Posey in 2013.Getty Photos

There may be hope for Kent, now 54 years previous, to be elected by the Modern Baseball Period committee, however they don’t meet once more till the winter of 2025.

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