Kent was never a Gold Glove second baseman, but he was adequate for most of his career. He only lost his range towards the very end of his career (he had marks of -17, -12, and -11 DRS his final three seasons!) In all, he accumulated 55.2 WAR (56.6 fWAR because FanGraphs was a bit more forgiving of his defense by the UZR/150 measure.)
So is Jeff Kent Baseball Hall-of-Famer material? He does have more career WAR than Hall-of-Fame second basemen such as Bobby Doerr and Nellie Fox. Chase Utley, though, has now passed him with 61.4 career Baseball-Reference WAR (59 WAR by FanGraphs' count).
One thing that seems to be against Kent is his "bristly" personality. He was infamously on the reality show Survivor and is not regarded as a very nice person by some. Obviously, though, that shouldn't have any bearing on what was a very good career as an offensive-minded key-stone player for several teams over 15 years.
One thing you can never take away from him, though, was his desire to win. He may not make it into the Hall on his first couple of appearances on the ballot, but I think he, as a player, belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Do you think Jeff Kent belongs in the Hall of Fame? Why or why not?