CBS Sports and Yahoo blog Big League Stew each reported the news, based on a post at Survivorfever.net, a fan website that claims to be, “the leading dedicated Internet resource for the unscripted CBS program, “Survivor.”
Survivorfever.net is published by Trish McLeod along with a small group of loyal “Survivor” enthusiasts. A user named “missaye” is responsible for mentioning Kent’s casting, but so far CBS has not confirmed the news.
Kent, now 44, retired from baseball after the 2008 season with a career batting average of .290 and 377 home runs.
A CBS Sports blogger suggests Jeff Kent could fare well on the show, provided he’s able to hide his profession, and probable associated wealth, from fellow contestants. The game is, after all, played for a million dollars.
Big League Stew likes his chances as well. As a former athlete, he’s likely to be in good shape for the challenges. They also note he isn’t afraid of confrontation, as seen by his now famous run in with superstar Barry Bonds in the dugout.
Kent finished his career with 2,461 hits and will be the most accomplished athlete to appear on the show if the report is true, the next closest being NFL tackle Steve Wright or former NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom.