ESPN News reported former Mets second baseman, Jeff Kent, will announce his retirement tomorrow.
This coming on the heels of a poor playoffs appearance. During the 2008 playoffs with the LA Dodgers, Kent was 0-for-9 in pinch hitting appearances. He lost his every day job after he injured his knee in August and had to get surgery. Blake DeWitt is said to be his replacement.
He finishes his career with a .290 batting average. In RBI’s he ranks 47th with 1,518. Home runs and doubles he leaves ranking 62nd with 377 and 20th with 560 respectively.
He will always be remembered by Mets fans as being very bad-tempered and the man who cost the fans their beloved David Cone, who was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Kent. That alone gave fans a reason not to like him.
He had a very strong work ethic and disliked anyone who did not work like he did. For this reason, he never got along with his teammates on any team he played on.
Nevertheless, he did put up numbers that could quite possibly get him into the Hall of Fame.
Happy retirement! You wished for time with your kids. You got it. Enjoy it!
Oh and please, no comebacks!