Can Jeff Kent survive ‘Survivor: Philippines?’


Former Giants second baseman Jeff Kent survived six seasons with Barry Bonds — barely. Now he must try to survive nearly six weeks in the Philippines with 14 other contestants on the latest edition of “Survivor.”

The 2000 NL MVP hasn’t played competitively since 2008, but based on an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he sounds typically confident:

“I will win Survivor because I’m the best competitor out here.”

Kent may be wishing the other contestants are too busy gawking at the former Miss Teen USA, allowing the former baseball player to blend in:

“I’m hoping people don’t recognize who I am. There aren’t many white guys with mustaches walking around these days. And I’m hoping that my reputation isn’t big enough that these people know who I am.”

The 17-year major league veteran is a borderline Hall of Famer and believes his years playing for the Giants, Mets, Dodgers, Astros and Indians give him a competitive advantage over the other “Survivor” cast members:

“Physically, I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a deal. I’m gonna suffer and have bug bites and lose 30 pounds if I’m lucky enough to survive that long.”

The Entertainment Weekly interviewer brought up the topic of steroids and asked Kent if “Survivor” should test for steroids:

“I think steroids would be a good thing for Survivor players because you’d get the steroid rage to come out. Give the players a shot of drama in a test tube.”

What’s Kent’s ultimate goal during his time on “Survivor?”

“I don’t want to embarrass myself. I’ve a reputation in baseball. I’ve done some stupid things in baseball, but I’ve played, I played the game well, and I played the game with integrity and respect.”

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