Former Cal Star Jeff Kent to Start in Major League All-Star Game
July 13, 2004
BERKELEY, CA - Former University of California standout Jeff Kent will start at second base for the National League in tonight's (July 13) Major League 75th All-Star Game in Houston's Minute Maid Park. Kent, who played at Cal from 1987-89 and helped lead the Golden Bears to the 1988 College World Series, will be playing in his home park as a member of the Houston Astros.
Kent's best season as a Bear was his freshman year when he batted .349 with 25 doubles, four home runs and 44 RBI. He finished his Cal career with a .267 average, 35 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 81 RBI. Kent was honorable mention All-Pac-10 and a second team Freshman All-American in Baseball America in 1987.
As a major leaguer, Kent currently has a .289 career average with 424 doubles, 38 triples, 285 home runs and 1,152 RBI. He played for the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992, the Mets from 1993-95, the Cleveland Indians and Mets in 1996, the San Francisco Giants from 1997-2002 and the Houston Astros beginning in 2003. Kent is batting .285 with 20 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 52 RBI in 76 games with the Astros this season.
Kent was named the National League MVP in 2001 while playing for the San Francisco Giants.