In his heyday, Johnny Damon was one of the best players in all of Major League Baseball. The 40-year-old outfielder, who has not played in a Major League game since 2012, is eyeing a comeback. He even said he thinks he could be an above-average player. So far Damon’s agent, Scott Boras, has not presented him with any offers. In Boston, Johnny Damon is a name synonymous with Benedict Arnold, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, and Jacoby Ellsubry. He is best known for signing with the New York Yankees in order to make even more money despite already having enough money for the rest of his life. Without a Boston bias, the possibility of a Johnny Damon comeback at this point in his career seems slim-to-none.
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Sure, this is the same man who smacked 2769 career base hits in the big leagues, swiped over 400 bags, and clubbed over 200 home runs. It is fair to even put Johnny Damon in consideration for the Hall of Fame regardless of whether or not he will get in. This is a guy who will be on Hall of Fame ballots and be considered for the honor, but he is not a guy who should ever step on a Major League Baseball field ever again to play in a game.
In 2012, Damon played 64 games for the Cleveland Indians. That was two years ago and he was designated for assignment after a lousy showing. His numbers were comparable to Grady Sizemore’s this year, as Damon hit just .222 with a .281 OBP in his tenure with the Tribe. Now these numbers do not exactly scream, “Sign me! Sign me!”, especially since they were two years ago. Since then, Damon has not played the game which makes it fair to assume he has gotten worse. No team in their right mind wants an overpaid, washed up bum who only wants to keep playing so that he can amass 3000 career hits and secure his place in the Hall of Fame. Talk about one selfish guy!
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There is a better chance of it raining $1 million bills from the sky in the desert than there is of Johnny Damon being added to a 25-man roster in the big leagues ever again. While respecting the impressive career Damon had, it is time for him to walk away from the game as a player. If he is so concerned about being in the Hall of Fame, then perhaps he should take up managing and see how he fares there.
Just not in Boston.