Biggio was a great player, Hall of Fame player, but when the Astros got Kent they did move Biggio to the outfield. Just sayin'.
One of the reasons that allowed the Astros to obtain Kent was because Biggio could move positions. I don't think that's a knock on Biggio...just the opposite actually. No doubt Biggio was the better defensive second baseman of the two, but that was the only position Kent could play (besides maybe 1st, but that was Bagwell's). The guy was such a versatile player.
Was Biggio told of their interest in obtaining Kent?
Don't forget Biggio came up as a catcher before moving to 2B. Also was the first guy I got an autograph from on a Spring Training trip in 1990 - on his 89 Topps card. Cool to think I met a future Hall of Famer when he was just starting out.
I voted for Sandberg since he was the forerunner of the power hitting middle infielder that is commonplace today.
Jeff Kent had some nice numbers with the Giants. but as far as the HOF for him, I'm not sure. When you think of great players from the mid to late 90's, does his name pop up at all?
It should, he was an MVP, and it was in no way a fluke. He's proven himself while wearing many different uniforms. He's the all time leader for home runs for a second baseman.
Huh, I never knew Alomar and Hirchbeck made up. Good story.Alomar could do it all.
Even spit on an umpire. :ignore:
A Great player though. He and the umpire made up and created a charity foundation.
CNNSI.com - MLB Baseball - Alomar, Hirschbeck now good friends 4 years later - Monday May 15, 2000 06:58 PM
Juan Gonzalez won 2 MVP's and that means nothing in terms of HOF worthiness. Would you put Jeff Kent in, say, your top 20 players of the past 15 years? I don't think he's a guy that most fans would look at and think, wow, he's a surefire Hall of Famer. I think he gets lost in the shuffle of the HR boom of the 90's - and was a product of that era. Hitting with Bonds certainly helped, too. Aside from being the HR leader for second basemen, his offensive stats aren't anything spectacular. He was a very good player, but in my opinion not an alltime great - and not better than Biggio, Sandberg, or Alomar.
You make some good points. However, the fact does remain, he's the all-time leading home run hitter among second basemen. The total itself isn't staggering (377), but I do think the voters will fall in love with that fact. The home run seems to be king as far as offensive stats go, and I don't see them leaving out the all-time leader at one position. If Bill Mazeroski can get in off of one home run, Kent should get in from of all of his.
My bottom line with Kent as a HOF'er is that if he is elected, then players like George Foster, Don Mattingly, Alan Trammell, and Lou Whitaker should be in there, too.