July 7, 2010

Johnny Damon...Hall of Famer?

Alright...don't let the title fool you. Even though I am a huge Johnny Damon fan (it's true), I am not about to reserve him a place in Cooperstown.

But here's the deal...it isn't THAT far fetched to think he might have an outside shot at being enshrined. With a third inning single Tuesday night against the Orioles, the Tigers outfielder reached 2500 hits for his career.



In the 11th...he added to his career total with a walk-off homer.

Should he stay injury-free, 3000 hits (which, to this point, has guaranteed an invitation to the Hall of Fame) is within reach.

Consider this..Damon hasn't had less than 144 hits since his second full year in the bigs (1997) and this season, he is on pace for 148. Should he get to 148, he would end the season with 2573 and put him at 3000 by averaging 143 in three more seasons.

He needs 25 more hits to pass Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Heinie Manush.

“You play the game long enough and you put yourself in pretty good company,” the 36 year-old Damon said following the game. “We can look at my numbers before I turn 40 and see what kind of career I’ve had.

As it stands right now, he's the 92nd player to reach the 2500 milestone and sits seventh among active players.



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2 comments:

One Royal Way | Travis said...

As a Royals fan, and blogger, I think Johnny Damon has been the single biggest for the Royals franchise in the last 10 years.

Beltran had pop and speed, but is often injured. Dye had pop, but really no AVG or OBP.

Johnny just seemed to have "it," something the Royals have never had.

Anonymous said...

Put him in the Hall. I remember watching him as Rockford Royal back in the day! Not only does he play the game the right way his wife is freaking smokin....so he gets points for that too