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Jeff Kent

2017 Hall of Fame Ballot Series: Jeff Kent

The first table below presents Jeff Kent's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Jeff Kent
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
24
102
10.09.40.5160.3
1.0
10.19.60.5140.21.0
1993NYN25
140
16.118.00.471-1.0
0.4
16.116.20.498-0.01.2
1994NYN26
107
14.912.70.5411.2
2.3
13.912.20.5320.92.0
1995NYN27
125
15.015.40.493-0.1
1.1
15.814.70.5170.61.9
28
127
13.613.20.508-0.1
1.0
13.813.00.5140.11.2
1997SFN29
155
21.618.20.5421.7
3.3
19.417.80.5210.92.3
1998SFN30
137
20.816.70.5562.1
3.6
19.716.10.5491.83.2
1999SFN31
138
18.115.10.5461.5
2.8
16.114.30.5290.92.0
2000SFN32
159
22.816.30.5843.3
4.9
20.616.00.5642.43.9
2001SFN33
159
21.517.20.5552.0
3.7
20.517.10.5451.63.2
2002SFN34
152
23.616.80.5853.6
5.2
22.217.60.5582.54.1
2003HOU35
130
18.716.40.5331.2
2.6
16.615.50.5180.61.9
2004HOU36
145
20.216.90.5451.8
3.2
18.317.30.5140.62.0
2005LAN37
149
21.018.70.5301.0
2.4
20.917.60.5421.42.8
2006LAN38
115
14.312.90.5260.8
1.8
13.512.60.5180.61.5
2007LAN39
136
16.916.60.5040.1
1.3
16.615.60.5160.41.6
2008LAN40
121
13.414.40.482-0.5
0.5
12.413.30.482-0.50.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,297
302.6264.80.53318.9
41.1
286.4256.60.52814.936.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
49
5.44.70.532 0.75.45.10.515 0.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,346
308.0269.60.533
41.8
291.9261.70.528 36.8


This is Jeff Kent's 4th year on the BBWAA Hall-of-Fame ballot. Last year, he appeared on 16.6% of ballots.

Continuing with the theme of previous years, I am going to compare Jeff Kent in this article to another Hall-of-Fame second baseman. This year, I am going to compare Jeff Kent to Charlie Gehringer.

Charlie Gehringer's career pre-dated Jeff Kent's by about 65 years. Like Kent, Gehringer was an elite batter for a second baseman. Gehringer bested Kent in career batting average, .320 - .290, although this was due, in part, to the relative eras in which they played. Kent out-homered Gehringer, 377 - 184, although, again, this is partly because Kent played in a more home-run heavy era. According to Baseball-Reference, Gehringer had a career OPS+ of 124; Kent had a career OPS+ of 123.

Player won-lost records are only calculated for games for which Retrosheet has released play-by-play data. I am missing 826 games from Charlie Gehringer's career, including three of the first four full seasons of Gehringer's career (plus his 5-game 1924 season). I have at least partial play-by-play data for every season since 1930, which was Gehringer's age-27 season (and his 5th season as the Detroit Tigers' starting second baseman). The comparison here, therefore, begins with Gehringer's and Kent's age-27 seasons (1930 and 1995, respectively). The results for Gehringer are extrapolated to include games for which I am missing play-by-play data, assuming Gehringer's performance in these games was the same as his performance in the games for which I have data. As such, Gehringer's record here should be viewed somewhat cautiously.

Jeff Kent Charlie Gehringer
Age Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL Games pWins pLoss Win Pct. pWOPA pWORL
27
12515.015.40.493-0.1
1.1
15423.218.10.5622.94.8
28
12713.613.20.508-0.1
1.0
1019.410.90.464-0.60.3
29
15521.618.20.5421.7
3.3
15220.519.70.5110.72.4
30
13720.816.70.5562.1
3.6
15524.620.00.5522.44.2
31
13818.115.10.5461.5
2.8
15426.215.90.6225.37.2
32
15922.816.30.5843.3
4.9
15022.119.60.5301.53.2
33
15921.517.20.5552.0
3.7
15421.918.40.5441.93.7
34
15223.616.80.5853.6
5.2
14421.015.60.5743.14.6
35
13018.716.40.5331.2
2.6
15220.618.60.5251.22.7
36
14520.216.90.5451.8
3.2
11815.312.50.5491.42.6
37
14921.018.70.5301.0
2.4
13918.516.30.5321.22.6
38
11514.312.90.5260.8
1.8
12713.913.70.5020.31.5
39
13616.916.60.5040.1
1.3
451.01.50.391-0.2-0.1
40
12113.414.40.482-0.5
0.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER RECORDS1,948261.6224.80.53818.4
37.3
1,745238.2200.80.54321.139.8


Gehringer was somewhat more valuable over his career than Kent. Gehringer was also an easy, well-deserving Hall of Famer and having a somewhat less valuable career than a well-deserving Hall of Famer does not mean that one is not also a deserving Hall of Famer.



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