I bought a few 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter cards to send out in the mail earlier this summer. So far, I’ve gotten about half of them back, but the best success to date is the Jeff Kent card I got back yesterday.
Kent typically returns most of his fan mail after the season, but seems to be getting an early start on it this year while he is injured.
Now 40, Kent is finally slowing down. This year, he’s hitting .275 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs and he’s currently on the DL with a knee injury. He still hopes to return for the postseason, but I’m not sure how realistic a possibility that is.
Whether he wins a World Series trophy or not, Kent still has a chance to be a Hall-of-Famer. Primarily a second baseman throughout his career, Kent has a .289 career batting average, 376 home runs and 1,516 RBIs over his 18-year career.
Those numbers compare pretty favorably with Ryne Sandberg (.285-282-1061), though Sandberg was a much better fielder (9 gold gloves for Sandberg vs. none for Kent) and got along better with the media (and teammates.) Still, Kent can match Sandberg in MVP awards (one each) and doesn’t trail him that badly in All-Star appearances (5 vs. 10) and Silver Slugger awards (4 vs. 7). Kent did play in an era dominated by offense, but he still stood out at his position.