A few months ago, speculation grew that former MLB star second baseman Jeff Kent was going to be on CBS' "Survivor" this fall. It was true, we just couldn't reveal it until the show was ready to officially do so. In the form of this video preview, they have:
I love how Kent admitted that he made some stupid mistakes during his career. Thus, it's entirely possible he's matured to the point that his personality may not eliminate him from contention on the show. If he can lie about his past profession (rich people get the boot quickly) and stay away from major arguments, I think he has a real shot at a run here.
Kent, 44, retired from baseball after the 2008 season. He was a five-time All-Star and finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times -- including winning the award in 2000. For his career, he hit .290/.356/.500 with 377 homers, 1,518 RBI and 1,320 runs scored in 17 seasons. He played for the Blue Jays, Mets, Indians, Giants, Astros and Dodgers.
Kent is the most accomplished athlete to ever play Survivor. There have been a few former professional athletes on the show, the most prominent being either former NFL tackle Steve Wright or former NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom. Kent is a much bigger name than those two, though.
Survivor: Philippines premieres Wednesday, September 19 at 8/7c on CBS. Check out the CBS.com Survivor page for more.