Kent Makes It Official, Calls It Quits

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jeff Kent is retiring after a 17-year major
league career.

The 40-year-old second baseman announced his decision Thursday
during a news conference at Dodger Stadium.

Kent leaves as the career home-run leader among second basemen
with 351, 74 more than Ryne Sandberg. A five-time All-Star and the
2000 NL MVP, Kent made his only World Series appearance with San
Francisco in 2002, when the Giants lost to the Los Angeles Angels
in three games.

Kent's eyes watered as he watched a video reel of his career set
to music. His wife, daughter and three young sons smiled while
highlights of their father's career flashed on television screens
around the room.

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