Johnny Damon – Hall Bound

By jason keen
Updated: May 1, 2010
Johnny Damon Hall of Fame

There are only 27 players in the history of Major League Baseball that have reached the coveted 3,000 hit mark. Only three players, Pete Rose, Rafael Palmeiro and Barry Bonds, have not made it into the Hall of Fame. Rose of course broke the only rule that disallows you from getting in and both Palmeiro and Bonds are not yet eligible, but will most likely face hardships because of performance enhancement drug allegations.

This brings me to Johnny Damon, who at the age of 36 has 2,450 career hits. If he accumulates 150 more hits this year he will need only 400 in 4 seasons to reach 3,000 for his career. This of course brings up the question, will he make it into the Hall if he does so?

Damon, who ranks 37th all-time in career power-speed, is one of only 4 players who have reached 2,450 hits, 1,500 runs, 375 stolen bases, 200 home runs, 1,000 runs batted in, 450 doubles, and 375 stolen bases. The other three are current Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, and possible future Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Barry Bonds.

While he has only two all-star appearances he has played well in the playoffs. In two World Series wins with the Yanks and the Sox, Damon batted .326/.370/.535. In 10 games he had 14 hits, 10 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 3 stolen bases. In 55 career playoff games he had 20 multi hit games What do you think, Hall Bound or not?

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