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Kent retires after 17 seasons

Updated: January 23, 2009, 1:29 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Kent always kept his emotions bottled up during his outstanding, 17-year major league career. He couldn't put a cork on them Thursday, when he tearfully announced his retirement.

His watery, red-rimmed eyes and frequent pauses to collect himself were in stark contrast to the gruff public demeanor Kent maintained for years, which led to his image as a surly sort.

He attributed that to his competitive nature.

"I don't get how you can go up ...

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