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By Kent Larsen

Mormon Kent Named Baseball MVP

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- With the baseball season ended and the World Series a fading memory, the votes of baseball sportswriters have been counted, giving LDS Church member Jeff Kent the Most Valuable Player award for the National League. Kent is a 9-year veteran second baseman for the San Francisco Giants. He had a fantastic season, batting .334 and hitting 33 home runs and earning a major league record for the most RBIs by a second baseman over a four-year period. He also became popular enough to be voted on the National League's all-star team.

The award is Kent's first MVP, and one of two won by San Francisco Bay-area teams, since the Oakland A's Jason Giambi won the American League's MVP this year. This is the first time since 1959 that both awards were won in the same geographical region.

Kent is not the first Mormon to win the MVP award. Atlanta Braves star Dale Murphy won the National League MVP award in 1982 and 1983. Murphy is a candidate for baseball's Hall of Fame, but is not considered likely to be elected.


Bay Area has baseball magic of its own
Portland OR Oregonian (AP) 18Nov00 S2
By Greg Beacham: Associated Press


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