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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Mormon Baseball All-Star Jeff Kent Possible MVP

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- After making the National League's All-Star team for the first time this summer, LDS baseball player Jeff Kent is now being considered for the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, confirming Kent's transformation from a good 2nd baseman to one of the best players in major league baseball today. Members of the Baseball Writers Association should receive ballots this week for the MVP and other annual baseball awards. Kent is included on the ballot, which must be postmarked October 2nd.

As little as two weeks ago, New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza seemed to have the award sewn up. But in the past month, Piazza has slumped badly, while the Giants have rocketed to the best record in the majors, making both of the team's best players, Kent and superstar Barry Bonds, strong candidates for the award. On paper, Kent has the better record, and will probably get a few more votes than Bonds, but the fact that both players are on the same team will probably hurt them both. "They'll probably cancel out each other," says San Diego player Tony Gwynn. "You could say Kent carried the Giants in the first half and Barry carried the Giants in the second half, so it depends on your druthers."

Meanwhile, Kent racked up a major league record recently, when he passed Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby on Sunday, September 17th, for the most runs-batted-in by a 2nd baseman over a four-year period. Kent hit his 33rd home run, collecting his 474th RBI over the past four seasons. Kent now has 124 RBIs for this season and is hitting .335.

He is also getting some recognition for his charitable work. Last week, Kent was chosen as one of six finalists for the Major League Baseball Player's Union's Man of the Year Award, in recognition of his contributions to women's athletics at his alma mater, California State University.


MVP races heating up
CNNSI 17Sep00 S2

Kent, Bonds both MVP worthy
San Francisco Examiner 17Sep00 S2
By John Shea: Examiner Senior Writer

Giants Beat: Nathan bumped from rotation: KENT A FINALIST
San Francisco Examiner 16Sep00 S2
By John Shea: Examiner Senior Writer

Giants 5, Padres 1
Washington Post (AP) 17Sep00 S2
Associated Press


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