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Former Dodgers infielder in Full Dad mode during the College World Series

Die-hard Dodger fans watching the College World Series this week may have noticed the name Kaeden Kent.

The son of former Dodgers infielder Jeff Kent, Kaeden got a chance to make a name for himself with Texas A&M baseball on Monday. In the absence of superstar Braden Montgomery (who left the Aggies’ June 8 game against Oregon), Kent was thrust into the spotlight on college baseball’s biggest stage.

During A&M’s NCAA tournament run, Kent had a .429 average, 14 RBIs and two home runs. One of those homers was a crucial grand slam against Oregon in Game 2 of the super regional.

However, in the final inning of Game 2 of the CWS championship series Monday, Kent made a damaging mistake against the No. 1 seed, Tennessee. The second baseman reached first base on an outfield error. But a singles mishap allowed pitcher Drew Beam to intercept Kent at first base.

Initially, Kent was deemed safe, but after further review, the decision was reversed and he was out. Kaeden’s former NL MVP father watched his son from the stands and delivered a harsh, but relatable response to any baseball parent.

Jeff Kent played in the Major Leagues from 1992 to 2008. He played with the Blue Jays, Mets, Giants and Astros before joining the Dodgers for his final four seasons. He was a five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger during his playing career.

The younger Kent redeemed himself. In the top of the fourth inning, Vols pitcher Chris Cortez was batting with the bases loaded and two outs in a tied game. Kent picked up a ball from second base and threw it straight from his glove to first baseman Ted Burton to get the Aggies out of the inning unscathed.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Aggies led the Vols 1-0. But Dylan Dreiling – the recipient of the CWS Most Outstanding Player Award – launched a two-run homer at Charles Schwab Field to put Tennessee up 2-1. Cal Stark hit the final blow for the Aggies with a home run. Tennessee won 4-1 to even the series, then won the next game 6-5 to secure the first Men’s College World Series championship in program history.

On Thursday, Aggies coach Jim Schlossnagle left for the University of Texas and Kent reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Photo credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

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