1. Jeff Kent has 377 career home runs which is the best all-time among second baseman. That is 74 more home runs than Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, 76 more than Rogers Hornsby, and 240 more than Jackie Robinson. Kent brought a sense of power that has been almost absent from the position.Most teams would be happy with 10-15 home runs from their second baseman, Kent averaged 22 per season. He is one of only three second baseman to hit 30 home runs in a season and the only one to hit 20 home runs in nine straight seasons.
2. 560 doubles is good for 21st all-time among all hitters. That is more doubles than Tony Gwynn, Lou Gehrig, Frank Robinson, Ted Williams, Willie Mays and Rickey Henderson. Each one of those players is considered a tremendous hitter and has already been forever enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
3. 1,518 ranks 47th all-time among all hitters. As mentioned before, second base is thought of as a speed and defensive position. Jeff Kent redefined the position by driving in 100 RBI in 8 seasons. His run production reached it’s peak in 2000 when he drove in 125 runs on his way to winning the NL MVP.
4. Hardware, Kent is the proud owner of one NL MVP, four Silver Slugger Awards, and five All-Star selections including being named the starting second baseman in 2005. Kent was awarded a World Series ring with the Blue Jays in 1992 despite being trade to the Mets mid season.
Jeff Kent is in no way one of the greatest to ever play the game, but he redefined the position he played. Before him second baseman were small and quick with a little pop (Dustin Pedroia, Orlando Hudson, Freddy Sanchez) but now second baseman can be known to hit with the best of them (Chase Utley, Dan Uggla, Brandon Phillips).
Ridiculous, that is what the Atlanta Braves are. This was an organization that prided itself on fielding a winning team year in and year out. It was an organization that treated it’s players with the utmost respect. That organization is long gone and I want it back.
This off season has been a compete disaster from the word go. Jake Peavy slipped through Atlanta’s fingers, just as A.J. Burnett and Rafael Furcal would later do. Now John Smoltz, a guy who wanted to be a Brave for life has slipped through Atlanta’s fingers.
Smoltz basically begged the Braves to bring him back. Atlanta couldn’t even beat Boston‘s offer of $5MM guaranteed with incentives that could bring his contract up to $10MM. That is a load of bull if you ask me. The guy loved the Braves and the city of Atlanta. John Smoltz is one of a very select few that can be called a true Atlanta Brave.
Smoltz is one of the greatest to ever put on an Atlanta Braves’ uniform and I always imagined him going out with a complete game shutout in the World Series. I mean, he is arguably the greatest playoff pitcher ever. Instead he goes out as a free agent that was thrown aside by the team that he served so well over the years.
He had a menacing stare and a mischievous smile that was hard to like. He was a jokster in the clubhouse, a saint in the community, and a warrior on the ball field. But he was tossed aside as if he was a 20 year old rookie who couldn’t quite cut it. I’m sick to my stomach from watching a first ballot Hall of Famer be handled this badly. Not just a first ballot Hall of Famer, but a great human being that deserved to be resigned as much as any player.
I had assumed through this whole thing that if there was anyway possible that Smoltz could take the field and be productive the Braves would resign him. Well I was dead wrong. I know that he is a big question mark. He is over 40 and is coming off of major shoulder surgery. But the key fact you are missing is that he is John freaking Smoltz. The man is a physical freak that can defy age and health like he is was a direct descendant of Hercules himself.
The Red Sox are obviously a storied franchise that doesn’t exactly take crazy risks and sign players just for the heck of it. Boston is trying to build a winning team and they felt that Smoltz could be part of that. Some how the Braves missed that and decided to offer him basically nothing or let him go. Shame, shame Atlanta, you guys are pathetic. Step your game up before the rest of the NL East completely tramples your crappy team.
Over and out,
on his victory the other night. Whether you wanted him to win or not,
he is our president.
I simply wanted to give him the congrats he deserved, this will not
turn into a political flame fest. So don’t even think about it.
Back to baseball. It looks like Greg Maddux is going to retire. All you
can really say is thank you. Thank you for the great years and a World
Series. Maddux was an amazing pitcher that deserves nothing but the
Not only was he an amazing player, he was a wonderful
person. It seemed that the only players that disliked him were the
opposing batters. But honestly, how can you hate Maddux, he is Greg
freaking Maddux. 1st ballot Hall of Famer, no contest. He should be
inducted today just because he is that good.
I don’t think
Glavine is to far behind Maddux. He just can’t contribute the way he
used to. It is just reality. You cannot deny the obvious. Thank you for
the great years and WS. He is also a 1st ballot Hall of
I almost hope that Smoltz hangs it up just so the trio can all be
inducted together. That would be simply amazing. One of the greatest
days in the history of baseball. If he doesn’t hang up his cleats I
would like to see him in the Atlanta bullpen.
There are a few more rumors going around the site. The biggest one is
still Jake Peavy. Everything is at a standstill for now. We will see
how it is going in about a week or so. I still believe if Peavy doesn’t
end up in Atlanta he will stay in San Diego.
A big trade that has just surfaced in the past few days is Kelly
Johnson for Ryan Ludwick. Eh, not really a bad trade. I’m not really
loving it though. Ludwick did hit 37 homers last year, but it almost
seems like a fluke. The problem with Ludwick is he strikes out a ton,
and yes, even more than Francoeur. You thought you were mad that
Frenchy went down 100+ times, wait till Ludwick shows up. It could be like having Andruw Jones back, but in left field. Oh no, we don’t
want that now do we. Also he won’t make the plays Druw did defensively.
Could Francoeur be traded? Well, yes. The Royals love him with a
passion. I don’t know why, but they do. Atlanta wants Zack Grienke in
return but the Royals apparently are smarter than we first expected.
Doesn’t look like they are going for it so I don’t see Francoeur moving
anytime soon. I think he still deserves another chance. After all he is
“the natural.” So I hear.
To cap off this entry, and just for giggles… Philly fans you know you laughed so don’t deny it.