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January 22, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
Told that Jeff Kent was scheduled to announce his retirement at Dodger Stadium today, Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa expressed one regret about the future Hall of Famer's tenure in Los Angeles: That more of the team's young players didn't ask him for advice. "I don't think it's anyone's fault," Bowa said. "I think a lot of the young guys were intimidated by him. It's a shame because you could learn a lot from him."
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February 23, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Barry Bonds left baseball in 2007 and has kept a relatively low profile ever since. That will change sometime next month when baseball's all-time home run leader will become a spring training instructor for his former team, the San Francisco Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday he thinks Bonds, 49, will be an asset to the Giants' hitters. Makes sense, seeing that Bonds holds the major league records for career home runs (762) and home runs in a season (71). He also had a .444 career on-base percentage and a .607 slugging percentage.
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January 23, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Some voters might hold his prickly personality against him, but there should be no doubt that Jeff Kent is a Hall of Famer, although he certainly won't be a unanimous choice. . . . Of course, neither were Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan or Cal Ripken Jr. unanimous picks. . . . No Hall of Famer has been elected without dissent. . . . Thirty years ago, 23 voters snubbed Willie Mays and, in 1936, 11 turned their backs on Babe Ruth. . . .
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November 26, 2013 | Wire reports
Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL most valuable player Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America. The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.
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November 8, 2012 | T.J. Simers
The shock isn't that Jeff Kent is voted off "Survivor: Philippines" on Wednesday night, but that eight others go before him. "I'll bet I was more entertaining than the crummy articles you write every week," Kent says by way of hello Thursday, and it's like old Dodgers times. Just imagine being stuck on a deserted island with Kent. He's joined by a bunch of bikinis, including a former Miss Utah teen and Miss Delaware USA. There's also a wimpish track coach with a mohawk, an African American cancer survivor with an earring in each ear and an openly lesbian competitor.
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April 15, 1986
Jeff Kent, a Times second-team, all-county selection last season and the starting shortstop this year at Edison High School, has been removed from the team for what Charger Coach Ron LaRuffa called an "attitude problem." LaRuffa said he made the decision to drop Kent from the team last Friday. He was considering shaking up the struggling Chargers (2-5 in the Sunset League, 10-8 overall) by playing Kent at another position and said, "That was something (Kent) couldn't accept."
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April 20, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It isn't only the predominant color of the New York Mets' uniform that prompts Manager Dallas Green to think of second baseman Jeff Kent as blue collar. It's his "nose-in-the-dirt, grind-it-out" approach, Green said. The manager also colors Kent in shades of Pete Rose. "He treats every at-bat as if it's the seventh game of the World Series," Green said. "He can go three for four and come away mad at himself because of the hit he didn't get.
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July 12, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe it's the winning. With the San Francisco Giants atop the National League West Division, one can hardly question Jeff Kent's hunky-dory outlook. Maybe it's the success. By the All-Star break, Kent was only one home run and one run batted in from tying San Francisco club records for a second baseman. His 18 home runs and 64 RBIs are--dare we say--in Matt Williams' territory. Maybe it's maturity.
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March 26, 2013 | T.J. Simers
What an experience it has been. When it came time to recuperate from my mini-stroke or whatever it was, the family went to Las Vegas. They said it had been really tough on them. Don't get the wrong idea. It wasn't as if they weren't thinking of me. They brought me along so they'd have the money to eat, drink and feel better again. The Bagger must have been really affected by what happened; he was getting his beer, six bottles to a bucket as if he might not have anyone buy beer for him again.
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January 23, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
The way he awkwardly stuck his chubby fingers into his eyes, it could have been old remnants of infield dirt. He would poke in, pull out, flick something to the ground, again and again. It wasn't until Jeff Kent raised his head that everyone realized those eyes were filled not with the tough guy, but the real guy. No dirt, just tears. On his way out the door, the most unbreakable man in the room finally broke.
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March 26, 2013 | T.J. Simers
What an experience it has been. When it came time to recuperate from my mini-stroke or whatever it was, the family went to Las Vegas. They said it had been really tough on them. Don't get the wrong idea. It wasn't as if they weren't thinking of me. They brought me along so they'd have the money to eat, drink and feel better again. The Bagger must have been really affected by what happened; he was getting his beer, six bottles to a bucket as if he might not have anyone buy beer for him again.
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January 9, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Wonder what our Mike Piazza is really thinking right now? Not all that surprised, I'd imagine. Not exactly thrilled, either. The 2013 Hall of Fame vote was announced Wednesday without a single player garnering the required 75%  of the vote to earn baseball's highest honor. It was the first real “steroid class” and voters punished Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, leaving them at least 38 percentage points shy of the required vote total. I'm thinking they never get in. And then there was Piazza, the Dodgers' former National League Rookie of the Year, who in his first time on the ballot came in with 57.8% of the vote.
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November 11, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
RUBBY DE LA ROSA, 23, starting pitcher Final 2012 stats: Pitched in just two-thirds of an inning. Contract status: Under Boston Red Sox control. The good: He made it back to the majors one year after having Tommy John surgery, even if his brief appearance later smacked of a showcase preceding his participation in the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox. Did not yet return to his previous 100 mph form, but did hit 96. The bad: Well, he's gone. That's the rub. He was probably the key player leaving the Dodgers of the five they sent to the Red Sox. What's next: Very likely a spot in the Boston rotation.
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November 10, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers win the posting on a South Korean pitcher for over $25.7 million who has never sniffed at a major-league game? They're in on pair from Japan, closer Kyuji Fujikawa and highly-coveted 18-year-old prospect Shohei Otani ? Signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig for $42 million? Took on a quarter of a billion in new salary … in August? They're looking at Torii Hunter , Kevin Youkilis , Zach Greinke , Anibal Sanchez, Hiroki Kuroda and LeBron James?
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November 10, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna
The Dodgers' widely reported interest in Torii Hunter appears to have been overstated. The team met with Hunter's agent at the general managers' meetings at Indian Wells this week. But it was Hunter's agent who initially reached out to the Dodgers, not the other way around, according to a person familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Dodgers aren't shopping Andre Ethier, meaning that if Hunter were to sign with them, he would be doing so to be a fourth outfielder since the team also has starting outfielder in Carl Crawford.
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November 9, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
JAMES LONEY , 28, first base Final 2012 stats: .249 batting average, six home runs, 41 RBIs, .293 on-base and .336 slugging percentages in 434 at-bats. Contract status: A free agent. The good: He's gone. Sorry, that's too harsh. Played some excellent defense. Actually hit better as a Dodger (.254) than a Red Sox (.230). In his Loney-esque way, stayed jovial throughout his hitting trials. The bad: Easily had worst season of his six-year career. Continued to decline in every offensive area.
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May 29, 2006
Active home run leaders in major league baseball: *--* Barry Bonds 715 Ken Griffey Jr. 542 Frank Thomas 457 Gary Sheffield 453 Jeff Bagwell 449 Jim Thome 448 Manny Ramirez 446 Alex Rodriguez 442 Juan Gonzalez 434 Mike Piazza 404 Carlos Delgado 384 Jeff Kent 337 Jim Edmonds 336 Chipper Jones 335 Jason Giambi 325 *--*
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August 17, 2008 | T.J. SIMERS
He's been cantankerous all week -- like that's different than any other week, but he's really been Jeff Kent ornery and then some -- peeved at anyone who might suggest he's doing better because Manny Ramirez is hitting behind him in the lineup. It's obvious, though, everyone noticing it, Kent going into Saturday night's game hitting .500 behind Ramirez, Vin Scully mentioning it during each broadcast. "Vin Scully talks too much," Kent said. Now that's funny, the guy who normally doesn't say much, this time saying way too much.
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November 8, 2012 | T.J. Simers
The shock isn't that Jeff Kent is voted off "Survivor: Philippines" on Wednesday night, but that eight others go before him. "I'll bet I was more entertaining than the crummy articles you write every week," Kent says by way of hello Thursday, and it's like old Dodgers times. Just imagine being stuck on a deserted island with Kent. He's joined by a bunch of bikinis, including a former Miss Utah teen and Miss Delaware USA. There's also a wimpish track coach with a mohawk, an African American cancer survivor with an earring in each ear and an openly lesbian competitor.
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August 28, 2012 | T.J. Simers
DENVER - Word is they couldn't stop booing Josh Beckett in Boston, folks tired of the stubborn Texas tough-guy routine, Beckett swearing just to destroy live interviews, the countless lousy pitching performances, ducking out after losses like a spoiled child, the arrogant one never apologetic for drinking beer and eating chicken while his teammates were on the field folding last September, and this year playing 36 holes of golf after missing a start because...
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