Is Johnny Damon On Track To Make A Hall Of Fame Run???
Let me preface this by saying that I like Johnny Damon. I like the energy he brings to the game. And I like the fact that he has no problem showing off his excitement about being a professional baseball player. But with all of that being said, I don’t see Damon as a Hall of Famer caliber player.
At no time during his playing career, which should have a few seasons still to go, has Damon ever been considered the best player on his team. He has been an All-star just twice and has never finished higher than 13th in the MVP race.
If you would ask me to name other players in a similar group of talent, I would mention Garrett Anderson, Carl Crawford, and Derrek Lee. All very good players. All very nice offensive weapons. But none of these guys are HOF worthy.
But then I took a second to look at his numbers. And quite frankly, they are amazing.
Check them out:
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See what I mean?? All of this from an ‘above-average’ player??? WoW!!!
And at the age of 35, while playing for a potent offensive team like the Detroit Tigers, Damon should be able to thrive. Already with 15 seasons of big league service under his belt, he can reach some baseball milestones over the next few years if he remains healthy. 1,000 RBI and 400 stolen bases will happen – easily. So will 1,500 runs scored. Now, what about 3,000 hits and 300 home runs? Damon has collected roughly 160 hits a year over the course of his career – 3 more years of Damon-esque productivity puts him very close to 3,000. And his power numbers have landed him close to 20 round-trippers a year over the last 6 seasons. 4-5 more like that and 300 career homers becomes a possibility too.
So, now I pose this question… Can a 2-time All-star, a player that has never been awarded or labeled as one of the best in the game be rewarded and honored with election into Cooperstown? It is very easy to just say ‘No, he does not belong’. But if Johnny Damon reaches a few more of these milestones, doesn’t the conversation take a bit of a different turn??
What do you think??