Jeff Kent, Lisa Whelchel part of 'Survivor: Philippines' cast

Jeff Kent was a second baseman acquired for

Jeff Kent was a second baseman acquired for the Mets in the David Cone trade who demonstrated power and ability to drive in runs better served with the Giants where he earned MVP. (Credit: AP)

Jeff Kent and Lisa Whelchel on the new season of "Survivor?"

Either the forthcoming Philippines edition is about to be the strangest yet, or the most intriguing (possibly both).

CBS Monday announced a group of castaways that will include the former Mets second baseman and the former Blair Warner of the long-ago NBC hit, "The Facts of Life." Both are firsts for "Survivor" -- the first former pro baseball player and first sitcom actress.


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In video comments posted on CBS' media website, Kent, 44, who announced his retirement in 2009, said (cryptically), "I've done some stupid things in baseball [but] I played the game well and with integrity." On "Survivor," he added, "I don't want to embarrass myself."

Whelchel, 49, a born-again Christian who effectively left acting after "Facts of Life" wrapped in 1988, said she actively pursued getting on "Survivor": "I had a friend of mine make an iPhone [video] and put it on Twitter and retweet it and start a viral campaign."

Kent, who left the Mets after the 1995 season, saved his best playing years for San Francisco, where he was the National League MVP in 2000. He finished his career with a .290 batting average. Texas native Whelchel's character was one of four students who were (sometimes) friends at a boarding school; Blair was the snooty one, or in the less kind words of Natalie (Mindy Cohn) in one episode, "A selfish egotistical airbrained witch."

"Survivor: Philippines" premieres Sept. 19.

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