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Jeff Kent to announce retirement

By jcfortun Published: January 21, 2009

One of the best offensive second basemen of the last 20 years has decided to call it quits. Jeff Kent, who once saw 102 at bats for the Indians in 1996, will announce his retirement Thursday.

Kent leaves the game with 2,461 hits, 377 home runs and 1,518 RBI in his 17-year career. His career line is: .356 OBP/.500 SLG/.290 AVG.

Kent was in the middle of two key trades during his brief stint in Cleveland. He, along with infielder Jose Vizcaino, were traded to the Indians midway through the 1996 season for infielders Alvaro Espinoza and Carlos Baerga.

After the season was over Kent -- along with Vizcaino, Julian Tavarez and Joe Roa -- were then traded to San Francisco for third baseman Matt Williams. Williams won a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award in his lone season with the Tribe.

Kent used his time in San Francisco to become an NL MVP and, arguably, one of the better hitters in the game during the era.


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