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May 9, 2008

End of an era in Rochester

Since 1997, Jeff Kent has been a staple in the Pilots lineup. In his 12th season, he was leading the team with a .305 average and had 6 homers and 23 RBI through Rochester's first 51 games. But he's cleaning out his locker following a trade to the St. Louis Bombers. Kent and relievers Scot Shields and Matt Lindstrom went to the Bombers for pitchers Braden Looper, Peter Moylan and Justin Speier. The Pilots also sent their 5th round pick to St. Louis and received the Roadrunners 7th to finish the deal.

Kent ranks first on the Pilots all-time list in at-bats with 6,217 (with three road games left in his Pilot career). He appeared in 1,613 games, collected 968 RBI and knocked 288 home runs. He holds the team record with 392 doubles and ranks second in club history with 40 triples. He will be missed, though his position had been taken over in recent years by Chase Utley, who may some day match Kent's contributions.

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