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Jeff Kent was with the Mets for parts of five seasons.
I grew up with the likes of Jeff Kent on the Mets. Those were the days (in the early-to-mid 90s) when the Mets were bad...real bad. But no one really cared, because they were the Mets—all soft and cuddly.
Kent was drafted in 1989 by the Toronto Blue Jays. Three years later, he was dealt to the Mets for future Cy Young award winner David Cone. And during his tenure in Queens, Kent was a fan favorite, and he put up some decent numbers.
Spanning parts of five seasons with the Mets, Kent had just over 2,000 at-bats. He collected 67 HR and 252 RBI.
But in July of 1996, the Mets traded him to the Cleveland Indians. I can recall being at the game, when the stadium crew posted on the scoreboard that the Mets had traded Kent and fellow fan favorite Jose Vizcaino to the Indians for Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza.
Kent was a rental player for the Tribe, who were making a mid-season playoff push. They traded Kent during that offseason to the San Francisco Giants, where his career really took off. He earned his first All-Star nomination in 1999, and in 2000 he was named the league's MVP. That year, he cracked 33 HR and drove in 125 runs for the Giants.
Kent would go on to play for the Astros and Dodgers, finishing his career in Los Angeles in 2008. For his career, Kent collected 377 home runs, 1,518 RBI and was a five-time All-Star. And the majority of this offensive production came while playing the second base position.
He is still a couple of years away from Hall of Fame eligibility, but his name could be called into Cooperstown before all is said and done. Just another former Met to go on to have a dynamite career.