Compare and Contrast
In this paper I will be comparing Two Baseball players, who both played Second Base for the Los Angeles Dodgers during different years. Their names are Jeff Kent and Steve Sax. Jeffrey Kent (born March 7, 1968 in Bellflower, California) is now a retired Major League Baseball second baseman.
Kent won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2000 with the San Francisco Giants, and is the all-time leader in home runs among second basemen. He drove in 90 or more runs from 1997 to 2005, a streak of run production unprecedented for a second baseman, a position typically known for its defense. Kent is a five-time All-Star and his 560 career doubles put him tied for 21st on the all-time doubles list.
On December 14, 2004, Jeff Kent signed a $21 million contract for 3 years with his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. Kent had a good 2005 season, leading the Dodgers in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI (.289, .377, .512, 100, 160, 36, 29, and 105 respectively). This was the best year by a Dodger second baseman since Jackie Robinson. After the 2005 season, Kent signed an extension that would take him to the 2008 season. While missing games early on in the 2006 season, because of an oblique injury, he came back late in the season and helped the Dodgers reach the postseason. Following the 2008 season, Kent announced his retirement from baseball on January 22, 2009.
Stephen Louis Sax (born January 29, 1960) is a former second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sax starred at James Marshall High school (now known as River City High School) in West Sacramento from 1975 to 1978 before being drafted by the Dodgers on June 6, 1978 in the ninth round of the 1978 Amateur Draft. Sax was a late season call up in 1981, playing 29 games. Sax broke into the majors as a regular every game player in 1982, earning the National League Rookie of the Year award.... [continues]
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