Johnny Damon, 40, ready for comeback: ‘I could outhit half the league’

  • David Whitlock

The league may have thought it was done with Johnny Damon, but Johnny Damon is not ready to be done with the league.  The former Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees outfielder expressed regret that he has not been approached by a contender as a free agent.  Via a phone interview with the Associated Press, he promised he could still hit:

“When you feel you can still outhit at least half the league and you don’t get that call, it’s rough.  The biggest reason to play is to have a chance to win. Obviously, 3,000 hits would be great but winning is the reason I started playing this game. I’m going to continue to stay in shape and I’ll be ready.”

The two-time All-Star has 2,769 career hits, at least a full season plus away from 3,000.  He last played in 2012 for the Cleveland Indians and barely resembled his prime, batting only .222 with little power or speed before being released shortly after the trade deadline.

Damon claims he's in shape and ready Credit: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

Damon claims he’s in shape and ready to play, if the offer is decent
Credit: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast

Damon, who turns later this year, currently ranks 44th in career doubles, one behind Willie Mays, two behind Ken Griffey Jr. and three behind Ted Williams.

You figure Damon could help a young team (hmmm, Royals perhaps) with his poseseason experience, which includes two World Series titles (2004 Boston Red Sox and 2009 New York Yankees) with 72 hits in 261 at bats.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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