Saturday, July 16, 2011
Is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?
When we think of Johnny Damon, now of the Tampa Bay Rays, I'm not sure many people think of a future hall of famer. Well we have a few stats to prove that he most certainly is a hall of fame caliber player.
Damon broke into the big leagues at the age of 21 on August 12, 1995 as a Kansas City Royal. Since he has played for them, Oakland, Boston, New York Yankees, Detroit, and now Tampa Bay. Damon currently has 2,665 hits, so he has a great chance to get to 3,000 if he plays a few more years. Currently he ranks 68th in MLB history for all time hits. Which seems to be a good possibility since he still enjoys it and everyone says he is in great shape. Damon has 501 doubles which ranks him 50th in MLB history 1 behind Andre Dawson. He has 1088 RBI's and 224 home runs.
Damon was a big part of the Boston Redsox 2004 world series, and there ALCS 3-1 come back against the Yankees. Then again in 2009 as part of the New York Yankees he again was a big part of a World Series Championship, and in my opinion he should of been series MVP. Don't forget he was the 2004 Sports Illustrated sports man of the year.
One thing is sure Damon who is now 37, and will be 38 later this year, will increase all of his numbers. I believe that he is a Hall of Famer right now, let alone when he retires. Do you agree?