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Jeff Kent is going to be on the new season of “Survivor”

Aug 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT


CBS just announced the cast for the next season of “Survivor” and it includes former five-time All-Star and National League MVP Jeff Kent.

I stopped watching “Survivor” back when that’s how everyone knew of Elisabeth Hasselbeck, but one of the best second basemen of all time being on the show might actually get me to tune in again.

If the show’s producers are reading this, I have a couple suggestions:

1) Make “washing your pickup truck” an immunity challenge, because it’s clear that Kent has no advantage over anyone else there. “Coming up with plausible excuses for off-field injuries” could also be a challenge.

2) If Kent ever wins a reward that allows him to visit a family member, please force him to instead welcome former teammate Barry Bonds to the island. Just trust me.

Kent is 44 years old and, based on the publicity photo, still appears to be in pretty good shape, so if his lying and fighting skills remain sharp he seems like a pretty good contestant. And he won’t be the only celebrity, as Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair Warner on “The Facts Of Life” in the 1980s, is also a contestant.

The new season is set in the Philippines and premieres on September 19. Kent, who earned nearly $90 million during his 17-year playing career, will be competing for a $1 million prize.

  1. The Common Man - Aug 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Given how easy it is to like him and how adept he is at the social game, I predict big things for this contestant. Also, producers confirm that there are no motorcycles on the island.

    • crisisjunky - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      The network feels he fills a niche, they can build a mancave market plan around.
      maybe some sort of fashionable wafflestomper.

      • crisisjunky - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        edit function that comma, please

  2. errorcard - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Add Barry Bonds to the cast, and that would be amazing reality TV.

  3. kiwicricket - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    The only way a woman would spend more than a month with Jeff Kent, was to be trapped on a deserted island with him.
    I see what you’ve done here, Jeff….

  4. greymares - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    I have never missed an episode of survivor and i predict he will be gone by week 3. the good news is you wont have to invest much time Craig.

    • stex52 - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      I don’t know. Massive egomania seems to be a winning trait from what I saw back when I watched. If that’s the case, he could be tough.

      The only way I would watch is if they promised that he wouldn’t survive. And I mean really “survive.”

  5. mybrunoblog - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Given Kent’s lack of popularity with teammates when he was a player, it won’t be long until the tribal council boots him off the island.

  6. hansob - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    One thing Jeff Kent has going for him is experience in being outshone by someone with an enhanced body.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    I looked at the cast photo. The girl in the stripey bikini almost makes me consider watching an episode of this show…..

    But Lisa Welchel’s presence more than assures I will not be doing so. She is completely and totally effed in the head.

    • professormaddog31 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      so you’re saying that we should take the good, and take the bad, take them both and there we have the Facts of Life?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        No. What I’m saying is the world never seems to be living up to my dreams.

        (I really wish I had had to Google that….)

  8. irishdodger - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Looks like Kent is still rockin’ the porn stache, so he’s got that goin’ for him…which is nice.

  9. O.Handwasher - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Survivor needs some good Clubhouse guys.

  10. cosanostra71 - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Survivor is still on the air?

  11. chiadam - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Survivor : Deuchebag Island.

  12. florida76 - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    While Kent has some HOF qualities, it’s quite a reach to suggest he’s one of the greatest 2B of all time. Clearly, he’s not close to the level of a Joe Morgan, a key member of a back to back World Championship team.

    Having seen Morgan during his peak, I can assure anyone who wasn’t around or is looking up stats on the computer, Kent just wasn’t near that caliber. In fact, I would rate Alomar ahead of Kent.

    • stex52 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Before I considered Jeffie for the HOF, he would have had to demonstrate at some point that he was willing to field a grounder that wasn’t hit directly to him. If I had a nickel for every hit up the middle that he kind of waved at half-heartedly as it rolled by…………..

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      In a world where your actual playing career had everything to do with whether you would be voted into the Hall of Fame, Jeff Kent, as a top-10 hitting 2B, would be a shoo-in. But with these idiots voting…who knows.

  13. florida727 - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    $90 million in his career huh? I say he builds a condo complex on the island and treats his tribe to a little luxury. Hire a cook, a fitness trainer, the works. Got to gain an edge for the immunity challenges, right?

  14. bpearse230 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Hopefully cousin Gerri makes an appearance!

  15. timpaz - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:33 PM


  16. yahmule - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    I watched it the first season, but it was all downhill from there. No way they were ever going to find another villain as compelling as that fat, naked, scheming, income tax avoiding, future federal prisoner, Richard Hatch.

  17. kappy32 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    I wonder if the test for PEDs on that show. If there was ever a PED user, it was Kent. I watched that guy go from a light-hitting, singles player on the Mets to a 40 HR slugger with Barroid & the Giants. There is no question about his use whatsoever.

    • kappy32 - Aug 21, 2012 at 3:42 AM

      That was a real dumb statement I made. It has been a long time since he’s been around & I forgot that he was one of the most vocal players against steroid use in baseball. As a matter of fact, Selig credits him immensely with helping establish the strict testing & punishments for PED users today. Selig cited Kent is his letter to then MLBPA President Donald Fehr when he demanded stricter testing & George Mitchell also quoted Kent & his crusade against PEDs in his report. Kent has called for baseball players to give blood for PED testing instead of urine, because it is harder to beat, and he said publicly that Barroid Bonds “should own up to” his part in the PED scandal. Kent was 100% against steroids & I was wrong for saying he was a user without first doing some research. I can’t stand when writers do a guilt by association piece on players & won’t vote for them for the HOF based solely on circumstantial evidence. Well, I did the same thing & I was wrong. Given Kent’s numbers & his outspoken stance against PEDs at a time when all of the MLBPA were in denial & damage control mode, Kent deserves to be in the HOF, hands down.

      • stex52 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:11 AM

        I’d consider him for the HOF, much of a jerk as he is, if his numbers warranted. They don’t.

      • Reflex - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        The other guy like this that I am aware of is Frank Thomas, who was considered to be loony in the 90’s for his assertions about how widespread PED use was, and how vehemently he wanted increased testing.

        In my opinion, without PED’s, Thomas might have been the greatest hitter of his generation, or damn close. As it was, he was certainly top ten, if not top five.

  18. foreverchipper10 - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    I still watch the show and I bet the younger contestants won’t even know who he is.

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