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Old 11-03-2009, 07:15 AM  
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All of which is just a long introduction to the question: is Johnny Damon a Hall of Famer?

He's sitting at 2,425 hits, so four more seasons and -- assuming the Yankees win one of the next three -- he'll have 3,000 hits along with (at least) two championship rings. Pretty good case, no?

He has scored more than 100 runs 10 times in his career. He will probably finish his career in the top 20 all-time, and perhaps even top 10 in runs scored.

It's a better career than you might think off hand, and in the end, his Hall candidacy probably depends more upon how closely voters draw their circle than anything.

For me, he falls just outside, as one of the really good players whose exclusion from the Hall makes the honor of being inducted even more special.

There are just too many holes in the argument. He's a top-of-the-order guy who strikes out more than he walks, is a career .288 hitter and never finished in the top 10 in on-base percentage (his career high was .382 in his last season with the Royals in 2000).

He is a corner outfielder with a legendarily bad arm who's led the league in something just three times -- runs (136) and steals (46) in 2000, and triples (11) in 2002. He's made just two All-Star teams, and never finished higher than 13th in MVP voting.

More than any of that, he's never been the best player at his position, or on his team. On Baseball Reference's similarity score, Lou Brock is the only Hall of Famer among the 10 listed with Damon (though Pete Rose is one of the others).

Anyway, the point here is not to bash a really good player the day after giving us a really great moment.

The point here is to solicit the thoughts of you fine readers while I prepare to jog off some of the cheesesteak from yesterday.

The Keltner List is a good tool to use in making judgments.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:21 AM   #3
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Roberto Hernandez might be, though.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:27 AM   #4
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Damon has been a helluva good player, and clutch at times, but HOF? I can't get there. Fortunately for JD, I don't have a vote.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:29 AM   #5
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:29 AM   #6
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Prob not but Im not sure making the HOF in the steroid era will be so glorious.
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Damon has been a helluva good player, and clutch at times, but HOF? I can't get there. Fortunately for JD, I don't have a vote.
This is what a HOF'r looks like.
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This is what a HOF'r looks like.
Damn. Apparently I missed his induction.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:33 AM   #9
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Damn. Apparently I missed his induction.
Id think its gonna be a while......
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:37 AM   #10
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:39 AM   #11
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This is what a future HOF'r looks like.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:51 AM   #12
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If players like Jim Rice barely make it to the hall, then players like Johnny Damon shouldn't make it at all.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:51 AM   #13
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I was thinking the same thing yesterday. How many all stars does he have? If He can get to 10 or 11 all stars I would think yes. I kind of laugh how being on a bad ass team is. He is Dejesus with a shitty arm and a litter better speed.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:49 AM   #14
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No! But being a Yankee and finishing his career up there, it's possible, but over all ,he doesn't deserve it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:56 AM   #15
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He's a hell of a player and I have always been a fan of his but I have never thought of him as a HOF guy.
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