Our congratulations on a great career go out to second baseman Jeff Kent, who announced his retirement from baseball yesterday in Los Angeles.
Kent leaves the game with 351 career home runs, more than any other second baseman in baseball history, but in Syracuse we’re left to wonder what might have been. Kent broke camp with the Chiefs in 1992 and headed to Syracuse. He took batting practice with the team at LeMoyne College on April 8, the day before the Chiefs’ season opener in Scranton.
However, Blue Jays outfielder Derek Bell broke a bone in his hand on that same day in Toronto’s second game of the year. When Bell was placed on the disabled list, it was Kent who was recalled and instead of boarding a bus for Scranton he was off to Toronto.
The rest, as they say, is history. Kent was traded by the Jays to the Mets in August of ’92 for David Cone. His career also took him to Cleveland, San Francisco, and Houston before his final stop in LA.
By the way, Jerry Schunck made the start at second base for the Chiefs on Opening Day ’92.