Feb 25, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants spring instructor Jeff Kent during a workout during spring training at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
One of the most memorable moments for Astros fans both young and old is Jeff Kent's walk-off homerun in Game 5 of the 2004 NLCS. I'm sure Jeff Luhnow also remembers this moment very well, seeing as he was working for the opposing team, St. Louis Cardinals. I don't remember being any happier as an Astros fans, and I think it surpasses even the 2005 team. Not only were the Astros one win away from their first World Series win, but they also had a killer team both offensively and defensively.
One of those offensive players was Jeff Kent who posted a 121 OPS+ in two seasons with the Astros.
Signed to play second base, Kent hit .293/.350/.521 in 1158 plate appearances. He hit 49 homeruns, nine triples, 73 doubles and collected 306 hits overall. He also drove in 200 runs and walked 88 times. He was a force to be reckoned in the middle of the lineup.
One of the interesting things about Kent's career is that he was only slightly above average to begin his career. from age 24 to age 28 he hit for a 107 OPS+, with Toronto, New York (Mets) and Cleveland. In the 1996 offseason, after being traded to the Cleveland Indians during the season, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants were he suddenly took off. In six season with the Giants he posted a 136 OPS+, he then moved onto Houston were he posted the 121 OPS+.
He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers after his short stint with Houston, posting a 119 OPS+ in his final four years in the league. Even though he only spent a couple years with Houston, he certainly left a huge mark on the history of this franchise.