Former Cal Standout Jeff Kent to be Honored at Evans Diamond
Feb. 9, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Major league All-Star Jeff Kent, a shortstop at California from 1987-89 and a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be honored this Saturday, Feb. 11, prior to the Long Beach State-Cal baseball game at Evans Diamond. Slated as Jeff Kent Appreciation Day in recognition of Kent's commitment to University of California athletics and the Women Driven Program, Saturday's contest will feature a pregame reception and a tour of the new Carl J. Van Heuit Training Center, followed by Kent throwing out the 1 p.m. first pitch.
A four-time All-Star playing for Toronto, the New York Mets, Cleveland, San Francisco, Houston and Los Angeles during his 16-year major league career, Kent helped propel the Golden Bears to the 1988 College World Series after Cal upset the University of Texas twice in the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas. 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 was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection and a second-team Freshman All-American in Baseball America in 1987.
As a major leaguer, Kent currently has a .289 career batting average with 474 doubles, 42 triples, 331 home runs and 1,312 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, the Houston Astros in 2003-04 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning in 2005. In 2001, he was named the National League MVP while playing for the San Francisco Giants.