A Former Teen Star and Potential Baseball Hall of Famer Come to “Survivor” [VIDEO]
The Philippines is the next stop for Survivor, and CBS has announced a cast that will resurrect a former 80s teen star who has not been heard from much in years, plus a former Major League Baseball player with potential Hall of Fame credentials.
Jeff Kent (pictured) spent 17 seasons playing mainly 2nd base for the San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets and the L.A. Dodgers. His career numbers could see him make it into Cooperstown as one of the most prolific offensive players to anchor 2nd base in baseball history.
Kent racked up nearly 2,500 hits in his career, including 560 Doubles, 377 Home Runs, over 1,5000 Runs Batted In, and a career .290 Batting Average. Jeff was a 5-time All-Star, and the 2000 National League’s Most Valuable Player for the Giants (hitting .334 that season with a career high 90 Walks, and a career high 33 HR, along with 125 RBI). Kent holds the All-Time record for Home Runs by a second baseman, and is the only second baseman in MLB history to have 100 or more RBI in 6 consecutive seasons (1997–2002).
Kent may have played in the shadows of Barry Bonds in San Francisco, but was not like Bonds in being mentioned as a player who used steroids or Human Growth Hormones. Kent has been an advocate for Major League Baseball using blood tests for HGH.
Kent has made over $80 Million in his career, so going on Survivor is not about money. Jeff likes competition – he was on the resurrected Superstars on ABC back in 2009. “I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. I hate to lose,” Kent said today about his Survivor competition. “I’m hoping my reputation’s not big enough that these people know who I am.”
Well there may be one contestant more well known than Kent, and that is Lisa Whelchel – Blair Warner from The Facts of Life.
Turns out Lisa is a huge fan of the show and campaigned hard to get on this season. Well her hard work has got her back on TV.
“I’ve watched it from the very first episode, and had Survivor parties with my family,” Whelchel told EW on location from The Philippines. “A friend of mine said, ‘Let’s just film a little iPhone video of you and you can put it on your Twitter and ask all your followers to re-tweet it. Maybe they’ll contact you and know you want to be on the show.’ And that’s what happened!”
Whelchel spent 10 season on the NBC classic 80’s sitcom, and then disappeared from acting. Lisa has been married since 1988, has 3 grown children, has not been on TV since the 2001 Facts of Life Reunion, and has actually had a normal life since her teen fame (a rare feat in Hollywood).
CBS has to be happy that people are talking about Survivor, but now comes the question of how long Kent and Whelchel can last in the group of 15 that also includes a former Miss Delaware (Katie Hanson), a former Miss Teen Utah (Angie Layton), and a Jersey guy from Holmdel (Pete Yurkowski).
Now to remind you of Lisa’s past, enjoy the theme that you know the words to.