February 22, 2007 |
A 15-year veteran such as Jeff Kent can flip through a lengthy mental file when he wants to compare and contrast his off-season, his motivation, and the quality of the ballclub. He slapped a smiley face on every topic Wednesday, noteworthy because Kent normally isn't a smiley face kind of guy. And noteworthy because the optimism comes after his most frustrating season. Kent, 38, was on the disabled list twice for the first time in his career and played in only 115 games.
September 27, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal are determined to make the Dodgers' postseason roster after rejoining the team this week and, as of Friday night, Manager Joe Torre concurred. "My plan for [Kent] is to use him off the bench as a pinch-hitter," said Torre, who must trim the current roster to 25 for the playoffs. "This is all on the assumption that he's healthy enough to do it." Kent, 40, was reactivated after undergoing surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee.
November 24, 1999
"I had a real nice Sangiovese, a '97 Dashe Cellars 'Dry Creek.' It was kind of rich and full of strawberry jammy qualities. Some Sangioveses tend to be lighter-bodied, but this had real nice structure and a velvety mouth-feel. I had it with barbecued chicken. It certainly would lend itself to a lunch type of meal or sitting on the patio with barbecue on a pleasant day."
June 30, 2002 |
Jeff Kent said he's intrigued by the idea of free agency if the San Francisco Giants can't afford to keep him. "Based on the comments Peter [Magowan] has made about the team's financial situation, my chances of coming back are very minimal," Kent told the Contra Costa Times, referring to the Giants' owner. "I don't know what the future holds, but I'm very intrigued with the possibility of becoming a free agent."
July 23, 1997 |
Jeff Kent's two-run homer in the seventh inning, his second of the game, gave the Giants the lead and J.T. Snow added a three-run shot later in the inning as the Giants defeated the Phillies, 8-5, Tuesday night. Trailing, 4-3, with two outs and none on in the seventh, the Giants started their rally when Phillie left-hander Matt Beech walked Barry Bonds on four pitches. Jerry Spradlin (1-6) replaced Beech and gave up Kent's go-ahead homer, his 22nd of the season and 100th of his career.
May 29, 2005 |
Jeff Kent walked 17 times in April while batting .333. He has walked only six times in May while batting .196. It's something of a chicken-egg conundrum: Did the greater number of walks contribute to him hitting well, or did hitting well cause pitchers to walk him more often? And lately, are a reduced number of walks a result of his impatience or are pitchers challenging him because he isn't swinging the bat as well? Kent doesn't involve himself in those kinds of mental machinations.
August 7, 2006 |
Jeff Kent could return to the lineup tonight -- at first base. The Dodgers expect to activate Kent tonight and first baseman Nomar Garciaparra this week, but no sooner than Wednesday. By playing Julio Lugo at second base and Kent at first until then, the Dodgers could buy themselves a few more days to sort out their roster. Kent met with Manager Grady Little and agreed to play first if needed.
June 16, 2006 |
Jeff Kent chuckled at the thought. He wouldn't go out of his way to talk to Milton Bradley tonight, because, well, Bradley plays for the other team. "Have you ever seen me jabber with anybody on the opposing team?" he said. "I'm not one for fraternizing." The Dodgers will be reunited with Bradley tonight, sort of.
September 3, 2008 |
The surgery that Jeff Kent underwent Tuesday morning didn't reveal any unexpected damage in his left knee besides torn cartilage, leaving open the possibility that the 40-year-old future Hall of Fame member could play again this season. Kent is expected to start a rehabilitation program today that could be completed in two weeks. "It was as good as we could've expected," Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said. Kent was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and is eligible to be activated Sept.
May 20, 2007 |
He hit the third pitch he saw for a home run. Then Jeff Kent stopped looking, seeing only four pitches the rest of the game, making three quick outs that wasted three impatient runners. What happened in the Angel Stadium visiting clubhouse after his Dodgers' desultory 6-2 loss to the Angels should have then been no surprise. I asked Kent about his hitting approach. He came out swinging.