Wednesday Jan. 21, 2009
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jeff Kent plans to announce his retirement from baseball on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
He spent 17 years in the major leagues and leaves as the career home-run leader among second basemen with 351, 74 more than Ryne Sandberg. Kent hit 377 homers overall.
The 40-year-old spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .291 with 122 doubles, 75 homers and 311 RBIs. A five-time All-Star and the 2000 NL MVP, Kent hit .253 during the first half of last season, improved to .353 in August, then injured his knee on Aug. 29 and had surgery four days later. He returned to make the postseason roster, but was relegated to a bench role and became a free agent in November.
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