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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
21 10917 .284 .352 .433 102 39.6
Birth Date11-5-1973
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age46 years, 1 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1995 KCA 21 47 206 53 11 5 3 12 22 1 7 0 .282 .324 .441 81 -4.3 3.6 -4.3 0.2
1996 KCA 22 145 566 140 22 5 6 31 64 3 25 5 .271 .313 .368 72 -18.4 4.5 4.7 0.6
1997 KCA 23 146 524 130 12 8 8 42 70 3 16 10 .275 .338 .386 87 -6.8 4.3 5.6 1.6
1998 KCA 24 161 710 178 30 10 18 58 84 4 26 12 .277 .339 .439 101 2.7 0.9 -11.4 1.2
1999 KCA 25 145 660 179 39 9 14 67 50 3 36 6 .307 .379 .477 109 10.8 4.8 0.5 2.8
2000 KCA 26 159 741 214 42 10 16 65 60 1 46 9 .327 .382 .495 115 19.4 11.2 3.1 5.0
2001 OAK 27 155 719 165 34 4 9 61 70 5 27 12 .256 .324 .363 82 -13.5 6.2 10.3 2.3
2002 BOS 28 154 702 178 34 11 14 65 70 6 31 6 .286 .356 .443 105 7.8 3.8 -0.6 3.3
2003 BOS 29 145 690 166 32 6 12 68 74 2 30 6 .273 .345 .405 94 -2.7 -2.0 4.9 2.1
2004 BOS 30 150 702 189 35 6 20 76 71 2 19 8 .304 .380 .477 118 17.0 1.8 4.8 4.5
2005 BOS 31 148 688 197 35 6 10 53 69 2 18 1 .316 .366 .439 107 6.1 4.7 7.5 4.0
2006 NYA 32 149 671 169 35 5 24 67 85 4 25 10 .285 .359 .482 114 15.7 6.6 -8.4 3.3
2007 NYA 33 141 605 144 27 2 12 66 79 2 27 3 .270 .351 .396 99 1.3 6.5 0.3 2.1
2008 NYA 34 143 623 168 27 5 17 64 82 1 29 8 .303 .375 .461 118 15.0 -1.7 -4.4 2.3
2009 NYA 35 143 626 155 36 3 24 71 98 2 12 0 .282 .365 .489 119 16.0 2.4 -8.0 2.4
2010 DET 36 145 613 146 36 5 8 69 90 2 11 1 .271 .355 .401 102 2.0 2.2 0.2 1.3
2011 TBA 37 150 647 152 29 7 16 51 92 7 19 6 .261 .326 .418 108 6.5 -3.1 -0.4 1.0
2012 CLE 38 64 224 46 6 2 4 17 27 0 4 0 .222 .281 .329 73 -6.9 0.4 -0.6 -0.3
Career24901091727695221092351003125750408103.284.352.43310267.657.14.039.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1992 BCY A+ FSL 1 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 ROK A MDW 127 575 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 WIL A+ CRL 119 554 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KCA MLB AL 47 206 .269 .340 .425 .301 96 1.3 6.2 0.4 81 13 -4.3 3.6 -4.3 0.2
1995 WIC AA TXS 111 503 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 KCA MLB AL 145 566 .276 .347 .440 .296 98 -9.4 17.5 -1.8 72 5 4.7 4.5 -18.4 0.6
1997 KCA MLB AL 146 524 .270 .337 .424 .309 98 -3.7 14.4 -1.8 87 10 5.6 4.3 -6.8 1.6
1998 KCA MLB AL 161 710 .270 .336 .426 .295 99 6.2 19.3 0.4 101 9 -11.4 0.9 2.7 1.2
1999 KCA MLB AL 145 660 .277 .345 .442 .315 101 19.1 18.4 -4.9 109 8 0.5 4.8 10.8 2.8
2000 KCA MLB AL 159 741 .275 .345 .443 .335 94 45.2 23.3 -3.8 115 8 3.1 11.2 19.4 5.0
2001 OAK MLB AL 155 719 .268 .331 .432 .274 95 -8.2 21.4 -1.3 82 8 10.3 6.2 -13.5 2.3
2002 BOS MLB AL 154 702 .269 .337 .433 .301 97 15.4 20.2 1.7 105 10 -0.6 3.8 7.8 3.3
2003 BOS MLB AL 145 690 .272 .335 .434 .292 105 0.3 18.8 1.8 94 7 4.9 -2.0 -2.7 2.1
2004 BOS MLB AL 150 702 .271 .336 .435 .317 111 17.4 20.9 1.8 118 8 4.8 1.8 17.0 4.5
2005 BOS MLB AL 148 688 .265 .329 .422 .338 106 16.3 19.8 1.7 107 7 7.5 4.7 6.1 4.0
2006 NYA MLB AL 149 671 .275 .340 .441 .297 106 14.3 20.2 0.2 114 9 -8.4 6.6 15.7 3.3
2007 NYA MLB AL 141 605 .267 .332 .419 .297 102 5.9 18.0 -4.9 99 7 0.3 6.5 1.3 2.1
2008 NYA MLB AL 143 623 .266 .331 .420 .330 104 17.5 18.0 -4.2 118 8 -4.4 -1.7 15.0 2.3
2009 NYA MLB AL 143 626 .268 .332 .432 .305 110 16.7 18.0 -4.4 119 9 -8.0 2.4 16.0 2.4
2010 DET MLB AL 145 613 .262 .326 .412 .312 111 3.3 16.9 -8.8 102 8 0.2 2.2 2.0 1.3
2011 TBA MLB AL 150 647 .255 .321 .405 .284 98 13.6 17.4 -10.6 108 7 -0.4 -3.1 6.5 1.0
2012 CLE MLB AL 64 224 .252 .316 .407 .239 100 -6.2 6.1 -1.7 73 10 -0.6 0.4 -6.9 -0.3
2012 THA int WBQ 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1992 BCY A+ FSL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
1993 ROK A MDW 575 511 82 148 25 13 5 214 50 52 83 59 18 .290 .360 .419 .129 3 3
1994 WIL A+ CRL 554 472 96 149 25 13 6 218 75 62 55 44 9 .316 .400 .462 .146 5 5
1995 WIC AA TXS 503 423 83 145 15 9 16 226 54 67 35 26 15 .343 .426 .534 .191 10 10
1995 KCA MLB AL 206 188 32 53 11 5 3 83 23 12 22 7 0 .282 .324 .441 .160 3 2
1996 KCA MLB AL 566 517 61 140 22 5 6 190 50 31 64 25 5 .271 .313 .368 .097 5 10
1997 KCA MLB AL 524 472 70 130 12 8 8 182 48 42 70 16 10 .275 .338 .386 .110 1 6
1998 KCA MLB AL 710 642 104 178 30 10 18 282 66 58 84 26 12 .277 .339 .439 .162 3 3
1999 KCA MLB AL 660 583 101 179 39 9 14 278 77 67 50 36 6 .307 .379 .477 .170 4 3
2000 KCA MLB AL 741 655 136 214 42 10 16 324 88 65 60 46 9 .327 .382 .495 .168 12 8
2001 OAK MLB AL 719 644 108 165 34 4 9 234 49 61 70 27 12 .256 .324 .363 .107 4 5
2002 BOS MLB AL 702 623 118 178 34 11 14 276 63 65 70 31 6 .286 .356 .443 .157 5 3
2003 BOS MLB AL 690 608 103 166 32 6 12 246 67 68 74 30 6 .273 .345 .405 .132 6 6
2004 BOS MLB AL 702 621 123 189 35 6 20 296 94 76 71 19 8 .304 .380 .477 .172 3 0
2005 BOS MLB AL 688 624 117 197 35 6 10 274 75 53 69 18 1 .316 .366 .439 .123 9 0
2006 NYA MLB AL 671 593 115 169 35 5 24 286 80 67 85 25 10 .285 .359 .482 .197 5 2
2007 NYA MLB AL 605 533 93 144 27 2 12 211 63 66 79 27 3 .270 .351 .396 .126 3 1
2008 NYA MLB AL 623 555 95 168 27 5 17 256 71 64 82 29 8 .303 .375 .461 .159 1 2
2009 NYA MLB AL 626 550 107 155 36 3 24 269 82 71 98 12 0 .282 .365 .489 .207 1 2
2010 DET MLB AL 613 539 81 146 36 5 8 216 51 69 90 11 1 .271 .355 .401 .130 1 2
2011 TBA MLB AL 647 582 79 152 29 7 16 243 73 51 92 19 6 .261 .326 .418 .156 5 2
2012 THA int WBQ 8 7 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 .429 .500 .429 .000 0 0
2012 CLE MLB AL 224 207 25 46 6 2 4 68 19 17 27 4 0 .222 .281 .329 .106 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2451 0.5365 0.4153 0.8615 0.5711 0.2350 0.9121 0.7191 0.1385 -0.0070
2009 2505 0.5289 0.4200 0.8298 0.5766 0.2441 0.8704 0.7222 0.1702 -0.0064
2010 2491 0.5179 0.4448 0.8285 0.6124 0.2648 0.8759 0.7107 0.1715 -0.0007
2011 2553 0.4971 0.4665 0.8060 0.6619 0.2734 0.8655 0.6638 0.1940 0.0017
2012 882 0.5374 0.4308 0.8737 0.5865 0.2500 0.9317 0.7157 0.1263 -0.0061
Career108820.52130.43640.83460.60440.25410.88490.70460.1654-0.0033

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-07-03 2012-07-04 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-06-30 2012-07-02 DTD 2 2 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-09-05 2011-09-07 DTD 2 2 Right Lower Leg Contusion - -
2011-07-10 2011-07-15 DTD 5 1 Left Hand Contusion HBP - -
2011-04-18 2011-04-21 DTD 3 3 Left Fingers Fracture Tip Ring Finger -
2011-04-03 2011-04-05 DTD 2 1 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2010-07-30 2010-08-03 DTD 4 3 Low Back Spasms -
2010-07-23 2010-07-24 DTD 1 0 - General Medical Illness Food Poisoning - -
2010-05-06 2010-05-08 DTD 2 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-03-10 2010-03-11 Camp 1 0 Sprain Turf Toe -
2009-11-05 2009-11-05 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2009-09-10 2009-09-13 DTD 3 2 Back Soreness -
2009-08-30 2009-08-30 DTD 0 0 Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2009-08-22 2009-08-23 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-07-19 2009-07-20 DTD 1 1 Low Back Tightness -
2009-07-18 2009-07-18 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2009-06-27 2009-06-28 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2009-06-21 2009-06-21 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2009-06-12 2009-06-12 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Other Vision Problems - -
2009-05-21 2009-05-22 DTD 1 1 Low Back Soreness -
2009-04-26 2009-04-26 DTD 0 0 Bilateral Knee Soreness -
2009-04-14 2009-04-15 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-08-28 2008-08-28 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Contusion HBP - -
2008-08-11 2008-08-12 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2008-07-05 2008-07-21 15-DL 16 11 Left Shoulder Sprain -
2008-06-23 2008-06-27 DTD 4 2 Left Foot Strain Arch -
2008-03-24 2008-03-27 Camp 3 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-03-12 2008-03-13 Camp 1 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2007-07-04 2007-07-04 DTD 0 0 - Strain Oblique - -
2007-06-25 2007-06-26 DTD 1 0 Right Trunk Sprain Costochondral -
2007-06-14 2007-06-16 DTD 2 2 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-05-27 2007-05-27 DTD 0 0 Bilateral Lower Leg Soreness - -
2007-05-26 2007-05-26 DTD 0 0 Bilateral Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2007-05-17 2007-05-18 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2007-05-10 2007-05-10 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2007-05-05 2007-05-06 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2007-04-30 2007-05-03 DTD 3 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2007-04-28 2007-04-28 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2007-04-23 2007-04-23 DTD 0 0 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2007-04-21 2007-04-21 DTD 0 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-04-03 2007-04-07 DTD 4 2 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2006-09-20 2006-09-24 DTD 4 3 Right Hand Laceration Diving Catch -
2006-08-10 2006-08-10 DTD 0 0 Right Groin Soreness -
2006-07-24 2006-07-26 DTD 2 2 Low Back Soreness -
2006-07-16 2006-07-17 DTD 1 1 Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2006-07-06 2006-07-08 DTD 2 2 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-06-15 2006-06-15 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-06-09 2006-06-09 DTD 0 0 Elbow Inflammation -
2006-05-31 2006-06-01 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Inflammation Bone Chip of Sesamoid -
2006-05-24 2006-05-26 DTD 2 1 Right Foot Inflammation Bone Chip of Sesamoid -
2006-05-16 2006-05-16 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Inflammation Bone Chip of Sesamoid -
2006-04-26 2006-04-26 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Fracture Sesamoid -
2006-03-14 2006-03-22 Camp 8 0 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-09-21 2005-09-23 DTD 2 1 Left Shoulder Soreness Cortisone Injection -
2005-09-12 2005-09-15 DTD 3 3 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-09-10 2005-09-11 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-09-05 2005-09-06 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-08-29 2005-08-29 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -
2005-08-13 2005-08-15 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-07-07 2005-07-08 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2005-06-19 2005-06-20 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2005-06-13 2005-06-13 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Soreness Heel - -
2005-06-05 2005-06-07 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2005-05-31 2005-05-31 DTD 0 0 Face Laceration Running Into Structure -
2005-04-09 2005-04-10 DTD 1 1 Left Arm Laceration -
2005-03-15 2005-03-19 Camp 4 0 Groin Infection -
2005-03-15 2005-03-15 On-Alr 0 0 Right Ankle Infection -
2004-09-03 2004-09-07 DTD 4 4 Right Fingers Sprain Little Finger -
2004-05-30 2004-05-30 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2004-04-10 2004-04-15 DTD 5 2 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2004-03-06 2004-03-06 Camp 0 0 - Elbow Soreness -
2003-10-07 2003-10-11 DTD 4 0 - Head Concussion Player Collision While Fielding -
2003-09-17 2003-09-21 DTD 4 4 - Abdomen Strain -
2003-08-31 2003-09-01 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Contusion -
2003-08-16 2003-08-19 DTD 3 2 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2003-07-10 2003-07-12 DTD 2 2 Left Hip Contusion - -
2003-06-15 2003-06-15 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2003-03-12 2003-03-13 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Strain -
2002-09-15 2002-09-16 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Cartilage Injury - -
2002-08-23 2002-08-24 DTD 1 1 Right Fingers Dislocation Ring Finger - -
2002-08-05 2002-08-07 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Soreness - -
2002-07-03 2002-07-03 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Cramp - -
2002-06-23 2002-06-25 DTD 2 1 Left Thumb Soreness - -
2002-04-27 2002-04-30 DTD 3 2 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2002-04-20 2002-04-21 DTD 1 0 Left Fingers Contusion Middle Finger - -
2001-09-08 2001-09-10 DTD 2 2 Left Thumb Soreness - -
2001-07-24 2001-07-24 DTD 0 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2001-03-19 2001-03-21 Camp 2 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2000-09-05 2000-09-05 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2000-08-04 2000-08-05 DTD 1 1 Left Trunk Soreness Ribcage - -
2000-07-14 2000-07-14 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness Flu-like - -
2000-05-02 2000-05-02 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Soreness Calf - -
2000-04-23 2000-04-25 DTD 2 1 - Fingers Sprain Middle Finger - -
1999-09-15 1999-10-02 DTD 17 15 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1999-06-14 1999-06-14 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Contusion HBP - -
1998-03-01 1998-03-17 Camp 16 0 Bilateral Lower Leg Strain Calf - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 CLE $1,250,000
2011 TBA $5,250,000
2010 DET $8,000,000
2009 NYA $13,000,000
2008 NYA $13,000,000
2007 NYA $13,000,000
2006 NYA $13,000,000
2005 BOS $8,500,000
2004 BOS $8,000,000
2003 BOS $7,500,000
2002 BOS $7,250,000
2001 OAK $7,100,000
2000 KCA $4,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$108,850,000
13 yrTotal$108,850,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 51 dScott Boras1 year/$1.25M (2012)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2012). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 4/13/12 (minor-league contract). May earn additional $1.4M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by Cleveland 5/1/12. DFA by Cleveland 8/3/12. Released by Cleveland 8/9/12.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2011). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/22/11. Attendance bonuses: $0.15M each for 1.75, 1.85, 1.95, 2.05, 2.15 million in Tampa Bay attendance.
  • 1 year/$8M (2010). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 2/22/10. No-trade clause.
  • 4 years/$52M (2006-09). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/05. 06-09:$13M/year. No-trade protection.
  • 4 years/$31M (2002-05). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/01. 02:$7M, 03:$7.5M, 04:$8M, 05:$8.5M.
  • 1 year/$7.1M (2001). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Kansas City 1/01. Signed by Oakland 2/01 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4M (2000). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/00 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.1M (1999). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/99 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4M (1998). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/98.
  • 1 year/$0.24M (1997). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/97.
  • 1 year/$0.16M (1996). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/96.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 1992 (1s-35) (Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, Fla.)

2019 Preseason Forecast

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DateQuestionAnswer
2019-11-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two questions: 1) Can Paul Goldschmidt play the OF? Dude had 30 SB pretty recently and unless he has a Johnny Damon caliber arm....If he can, Can’t the Cards simply slide Carpenter to 1B and play Edman at 3B? Not ideal with Fowler in CF, but it would at least allow them to throw money at the rotation. 2) Is “Player Benefits” being included in the luxury tax threshold an underrated scam by owners? It is essentially the same for every team and allows them to cry poor $16M less than “actual payroll”. Without it’s inclusion, the Red Sox,Astros, and Cubs have money to spend, not to cut.
(Dylan from RI)
Dylan, you seem like a glass half-full kind of guy. Yes, Goldschmidt had 32 stolen bases in 2016, but in three seasons since he's had 28, with three in 2019. Glancing at Statcast says that he's only a bit below average in Sprint Speed right now, but Goldy's 32 and not getting younger. Carpenter is probably better-suited to first at this point, but I can't see them hanging Goldschmidt out to try in left. As to your second question, I see how it's a bit of a strange inclusion from a certain point of view. From another, it's a part of the fuller picture of what is paid by ownership to players, and I think the larger concern is the artificial limitations on the growth of the threshold for the competitive balance tax (Free Agent Chat w/Ginny Searle)
2012-08-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)How many bases has Coco Crisp's arm cost the A's? At least a dozen, I'd say. Is his range worth carrying the arm?
(alanbw from COMO)
BP has an app for that! I asked Colin Wyers to look into this for me, and he tells me that Crisp's arm has cost the A's about two runs (roughly three quarters of that from left field). So, maybe more like eight bases. We have Crisp's FRAA, overall, at 2.9. So, our system thinks Coco has been a net positive on defense despite the arm, and that more or less seems to have been the case throughout his career. A weak arm can be frustrating--I spent a lot of time watching Bernie Williams and Johnny Damon during my formative years, so I understand this well--but I think the effects are often overblown. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of arm does a player need to profile as a CF? I'm specifically thinking about Billy Hamilton. While his speed in CF would be awesome, is it typical that a lack of arm strength would "demote" a SS prospect to CF?
(Hip2Hops from Seattle)
Yes, that wouldn't be unusual. Bernie Williams and Johnny Damon played center field without arms (not quite literally, but almost, at times). Williams even won Gold Gloves there (though whether he should have is another matter). Obviously, a strong arm is an asset at any position, but a center field's primary responsibility is getting to the ball. It seems safe to say that Hamilton would get to a lot of them.

Communiqu from Kevin: Hamilton's arm in center would profile as "Below average, but not a noodle." Damon/Williams were noodles. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay! I'll be having some very traditional Uruguayan lunch by the time of the chat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asado) but I wanted to drop by, say hi, and ask a very profound question: if I, being 10000 miles away, can see through at least half of the childish mental mistakes players/managers/GMs make daily, how come these still happen? Is the next market inefficiency to cut down on all those Caught Stealing third for the 3rd out / not using your best reliever in the highest leverage situations / keeping 'veterans' in the roster instead of giving promising young players a chance / etc.?
(Guillermo from Montevideo, Uruguay)
Hey Guillermo! Always good to hear from Uruguay's number one BP fan, and man, I'm jealous with regards to lunch (Uruguay is a carnivore's paradise, for those who are unaware).

I think some of the mistakes you talk about (caught stealing for the third out) are ones that will always be with us, but the game does slowly evolve, and we've seen something of a movement where certain veterans have trouble finding jobs because of a general trend towards younger players - take the absence of Vlad Guerrero, Hideki Matsui, and Johnny Damon (though he finally signed with Cleveland) from rosters after competent but hardly stellar seasons.

Sooner or later, some team is going to get more daring with their reliever usage, though it's worth noting that in some places like Cleveland (Vinny Pestano), Detroit (Joaquin Benoit), Los Angeles (Kenley Jansen) and Washington (Tyler Clippard) teams already have their best relievers in non-closing situations that are often higher-leverage. It happens more often than you think. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui finding jobs anytime soon?
(Cody from Indianapolis)
Their best bet is probably an injury somewhere during spring training. I found Jon Heyman's tweets tying Damon to the Orioles yesterday rather comical, and a possible indication that there is literally zero interest in his services right now. There's just no logical fit in Baltimore, and if that's where Heyman (and Boras) are currently pitching Damon, they're out of ideas. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Players like Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon will/may miss chunks of the season but for different reasons. Which older players with either reduced roles or other circumstances limiting games played are worth gambling on this season?
(Tony035 from Toronto, ON)
Juan Pierre is interesting in Philadelphia, at least for the first couple months of the year for cheap steals. Tim Hudson might miss a month of the year, but he'll be good when he's healthy, and he came pretty cheap in LABR this weekend ($7). A.J. Burnett same deal ($3), but I like him in the NL and PNC Park. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why Ibanez over Posada?? I mean, come on..
(steele from Vermont)
Well, for one thing, Posada decided he didn't have it in his heart to continue in a lesser role. It takes two to tango, you know. That said, there were better low-cost lefty-swinging DH options out there, such as Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon. I wrote about them all here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15861 (Jay Jaffe)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)I saw in today's paper that with his 500th double yesterday, Johnny Damon joins a group of 11 others (all HoF members) who have 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 200 HR and 100 triples. I never thought of Damon as a potential HoFer before. Does he have any chance?
(lionstar1964 from Philly burbs)
Hmm. While Damon's been a very good player for a long time, that's a pretty meaningless collection of round numbers. The only one that really will enhance Damon's chances is 3,000 hits; If he can find a way to stick around for another 354 hits, he may get to Cooperstown.

As it is, Damon has two World Series rings, but only two All-Star appearances, and very little else to enhance his case. Not even close on JAWS. Hall of Very Good in the eyes of most. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Explain why Carlos Beltran does or does not make sense for the Rays if they are still alive at the deadline.
(PMCY from Moms basement)
It depends on what their roster looks like. If Desmond Jennings and/or Brandon Guyer are up with Johnny Damon still at designated hitter, then they really don't have room for Beltran. Plus, the finances and prospect return required. I'm just not sure it's realistic at this point. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will only time tell about Granderson hitting lefties or did he look that good in spring training?
(Matt from New York)
Kevin Long and he really have seemed to figure out an approach that works for him, and I'd like to think he will be surprising LOOGYs all year long. One reason I believe is that the Yankees have had some recent lefty hitters, like Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui, who were unusually adept at altering their approach and hitting opposing lefties, and so there is a history of success and reservoir of learning to be drawn from there. (Steven Goldman)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 2004, Derek Lowe went into Yankee Stadium, in Game 7, and allowed one hit and no runs in six innings -- on two day's rest. Why is this rarely lauded as one of the greatest clutch-pitching performances in baseball history?
(Ice Water from Cox's Rotation)
I think because the indelible moment of that game is Johnny Damon's grand slam, that seminal moment when it became the clear that the impossible comeback was going to become reality. (John Perrotto)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, did you see the piece William Rhoden wrote in the Times this week about Steinbrenner and Curt Flood and the Hall? He said if George makes it, Flood should make it first. I have to admit to having reservations about Flood being in there even though I wrote a book about him, admire his off-the-field actions, and would be more than happy to see him honored. What are your feelings about Flood and then George being in the Hall?
(Alex Belth from Bronx)
Yo, Alex! If Flood makes it, it won't be because of his merits as a player, it will be some kind of unique honor. He was a legitimate whiz in center field but not a tremendous hitter even after adjusting for the times; at best I see him coming up with a case somewhere between Lou Brock and Johnny Damon - a run at 3000 sprinkled with some postseason chops - if his career had continued and his challenge had never happened.

As for Steinbrenner, I'm for it. The man was probably the game's most influential owner after O'Malley, who's finally in and should have been a long time ago. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)You can shoot the breeze with either Matt Damon and his crew or Johnny Damon and his crew. Whom do you choose?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Matt. Johnny doesn't seem like the best conversationalist. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Cervelli for real? Do the Yanks regret not resigning Matsui/Damon?
(Paul from Boston)
Well, he ain't gonna hit .400, and you'd do well to remember Jazayerli's Law of Backup Catchers: given enough chances, a guy will have a season in which he hits .300 in less than 200 at-bats. I'm skeptical he's got a future as a major league starter, but he's certainly no Wil Nieves, and may well turn out to be the best backup the Yanks have had in a long time.

I'd trade him for Johnny Damon, though. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)If the Tigers secure Johnny Damon, and perhaps even Felipe Lopez on the cheap, would your opinion on them contending in the AL Central improve "considerably" or just "incrementally"?
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
It seems like Scott Sizemore is going to be ready sooner rather than later, so I'm not sure Lopez would help. I think adding Damon might help a little, but Ryan Raburn is a pretty good player in his own right. I'm just not sure where Damon would be that big of an upgrade. I think the Tigers have a pretty good shot already, however. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)What are you overall thoughts on the White Sox? Assume, for the moment, that they get Johnny Damon. Keep in mind their long-standing success in keeping pitchers healthy, as well as Ozzie's ability to manage a pitching staff. Can't Beckham only get better? Shouldn't Rios not be a total bust? If Quentin puts together 550 healthy ABs, should we expect anything but mashing?
(Scott from Chicago)
This reminds me of an old joke...

These are all independent events, and I learned from smarter people than I am that to get the probability of each thing happening, you have to multiply all the independent probabilities together. You're assuming quite a bit. But for me, flip a coin between the Tigers, White Sox, and Twins in that division. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you give a quick snapshot of your thoughts on the near future performances of Curtis Granderson, Austin Jackson, and Johnny Damon? Thanks.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
If there was an offer from the White Sox, Johnny should have taken it, because he had a much better chance of continuing his park-generated power surge in Chicago than at Comerica, which really castrated left-handers last year. Granderson should benefit from making the opposite change of environment, though I don't expect him to be a 40-HR guy suddenly. Let's say consistency plus five to ten percent. Finally, I'm skeptical on Austin, who hasn't yet shown any power and who really slid off in the second half last year. He's interesting, but as we said in the book there's no evidence of his being an impact player right now. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Reds find a huge pile of money under the mattress and add Johnny Damon, do they instantly become favorites for the Wild Card?
(Scott from DC)
Man, if the Reds understood anything about the marginal win curve, they'd already have signed Damon. He'd be a nice fit in that park, and they really could use his bat atop that lineup.

Then again, that they haven't signed him suggests that maybe they know too much about the conditions of some of those young arms. Say a prayer for Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez tonight. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any free agents left unsigned who could be useful to contending teams?
(garethbluejays1 from Newcastle, UK)
I realize it's a well-kept secret that Johnny Damon is still looking for work. Beyond him, Russell Branyan, Rocco Baldelli, Joe Beimel, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Pedro Martinez, Chan Ho Park, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield and Jarrod Washburn all strike me as players who could help somebody win. Not necessarily by getting 500 PA worth of playing time, mind you, and maybe not getting enough playing time to satisfy their own estimations of their talent. Park can pitch out of my bullpen, but if he wants to start, fuggedaboutit. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Johnny Damon's continued non-employment surprise you?
(ekanenh from capitol city)
Not too much. Every market has losers, and he's one of them in that there were only so many people who were going to get in on Holliday and Bay and decide to see Damon as a viable fall-back option. It would have been neat if he'd been a one-year addition for the Giants instead of their signing Freddy Sanchez and Aubrey Huff, but one of the problems with being a historical actor is that you sometimes lose out because of historical actions. Damon seemed to keep waiting for a deal that wasn't there, and other teams, players, and agents weren't waiting on him. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Steven, how are you feeling, hope the book didn't stress you out too much. Thoughts on Granderson in New Yankee Stadium?
(strupp from Madison)
I think he's going to do very well there. His PECOTA didn't blow me away (.268/.351/.491) but I think it's in roughly the right place. Even if not, it will be a nice bounce-back from 2009, a year in which Comerica really savaged left-handed hitters for some reason. Granderson hit .267/.345/.516 on the road last year, and PECOTA seems to think that's where he's going to be overall this year. The Yankees will take it, but now that Johnny Damon has moved on, there's a lot of pressure on Brett Gardner and whoever they mix in with him to provide enough offense that the Yankees didn't merely transfer their LF offense to CF and vice-versa. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-14 16:00:00 (link to chat)Johnny Damon's going to sign for _____ with _____.
(Shane from Atlanta)
far too much, the team in NY whose name starts with Y. (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, is it inexplicable that Ken Rosenthal did not ask Johnny Damon about his incredible double-steal last night?
(phillipsburg74 from Tucson, AZ)
On the road, I'm not rewatching the game at home, so anything specific to the telecast I'm missing, for the most part. In general, you can file that under "it's live and a bit chaotic." I really like Ken's role in their broadcasts. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)From a baseball standpoint, who would you most likely want to build a team around from "Major League 3: Back to the Minors"? Hoss(the pitcher that punked out Liston), "Downtown", The Juans(combo pair) or the ballet-trained utility guy?
(jlarsen from Chicago, IL)
Clearly Downtown... he was a pure hitter, as he told that waitress in the diner, meaning he has quick hands. Plus, once he learned how to take pitches the opposite way, watch out. I think he would have gone on to have a Johnny Damon career while Hoss would have become Matt Belisle. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've been having a debate with a friend over a sacrifice bunt in Sunday's Cardinals/Cubs game. Quick recap: bottom of the 9th, tie game with no outs, a runner on first, DeRosa at bat, and Pujols on deck. A sacrifice bunt takes the bat out of Pujols' hands, so the question is this: is it better to have Holliday and Ludwick bat with a runner on 2nd or DeRosa, Pujols, and Holliday bat with a runner on 1st?
(thelaird from Memphis, TN)
Because DeRosa is a slow right-handed batter who puts the ball on the ground, a bunt is defensible, even though it takes the bat out of Pujols' hands. My problem comes in when the bunt is laid down by someone like Johnny Damon, who isn't going to hit into two. Swing the bat. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Brian Cashman, what would you offer Johnny Damon to re-sign? 2 years for ?? million?
(Pete from Bronx)
It seems like the assumption now is that Damon should be brought back. Given that the Yankees don't have great alternatives (Austin Jackson's MLE doesn't inspire confidence)and the free agent class is not bursting with possibilities, maybe it's a reasonable assumption. I do worry about Damon being a product of Friendly YS II (or III, really), with only .273/.346/.459 rates on the road and declining defense. Two years would be my upper limit... I really wonder if Damon is going to last long enough to get 3,000 hits and wind up as a totally unexpected HOFer. It could happen. (Steven Goldman)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)I need to bench one of - Adam Jones, Johnny Damon, Vlad Guerrero, Nelson Cruz...who do I sit?
(Fantasy Help? from Here)
Fantasy works differently than real-life baseball evaluations, since you want to start the hot players in fantasy. Out of the four you mentioned, the only one whose name is not hyperlinked currently has a .307 OBP and .357 SLG. (Eric Seidman)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)Jacoby Ellsbury: is this it? Is this as good as he's gonna be? He's looking eerily like Michael Bourn, except about 9 months younger.
(johnpark99 from Boston)
Oh, I'm sorry. You were expecting him to hit .353 again? That's not going to happen.

While he's got speed galore, right now it seems rather apparent that he lacks the power and plate discipline to live up to the early Johnny Damon comparisons. He's walked in less than six percent of his plate apperances, for crying out loud. He's the Juan Pierre of the AL East! (Jay Jaffe)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's totally unfair, but the impression that many fans now have is that any player with a late-career power surge may be on the juice. Johnny Damon, are you next?
(jromero from Seattle)
I'm sure someone has asked the question, and it's unfair to Damon but, unfortunately, not unfair to the class of ballplayers as a whole. What we need to get over is the idea that it matters all that much. Damon, btw, has largely been a Yankee Stadium II (or III, depending on how you want to count things) effect, his home runs at Camden Yards this weekend notwithstanding. It's still very good and a lot of fun to watch. He's playing for a contract and could possibly extend his career long enough to make the Hall of Fame. He'll need 3,000 hits, but he just might get there. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you consider the Johnny Damon signing a "good signing" for the Yankees? At the time of the deal everyone thought 4 years was too long but he has had a pretty good run with the Yankees...
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
I guess overall you can't argue with it. They've gotten .288/.363/.459 in 462 games to date and Damon has been durable but for that one DL stay last year. The real problem with it is that they signed Damon after passing on Carlos Beltran the year before, one of the more inexplicable non-moves in team history.

Now, even if Damon slugs .610 for the rest of the season, I don't think there's a good argument for re-signing him to anything more than a one-year deal, in the same way that they held the line on Bobby Abreu. And if he doesn't slug .610 the rest of the year, we'd have to revisit the one-year part. What you don't want to wind up with is Damon '07 in a corner. (Steven Goldman)
2009-03-30 18:30:00 (link to chat)Nah, the groupthink thing just pops up from a newbie now and again. I mean something like "Sheehan has a man crush on Johnny Damon" or "Clay Davenport is actually a pseudonym for Clay Aiken."
(Mike K from Athens, GA)
Gary Huckabay is really a program that scrapes buzzwords from management consulting sites and passes them through a Cranky.pl script I hacked together in 1998. (Keith Woolner)
2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Many people consider Jacoby Ellsbury's season a dissapointment last year, however looking at his minor league stats it really should have been somewhat close to what people should have expected. If not a budding superstar, what do you see Jacoby eventually developing into?
(mattdi02421 from Lexington, MA)
I thought our comment on him in this year's annual did a good job of covering the Ellsbury issues:

[Snip] This season was a learning experience for the speedy 24-year-old: he started out hot, but pitchers quickly figured out that he lacked the muscle or the swing to be a power threat, and began to bust him inside. The result was an awful run through June and July during which he hit .246/.271/.308. He did finally adjust, hitting .314/.352/.463 over the final two months by switching to an all-fields approach. The Red Sox believe he\'s turned a corner.

...I'd like to think he's turned a corner, too. His #4 PECOTA comp is Johnny Damon, and I still lean in that direction. (Steven Goldman)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who should be the Yankees opening day CF in 2009?
(Snakedoctor18 from New York)
Has the ship sailed on Zombie Mickey Mantle yet?

I'm certainly not wowed by the Yankees' in-house options, a pool that nominally includes Melky Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Johnny Damon and Nick Swisher. I don't think the latter two can carry the position defensively anymore, and I'm less than wowed by the offense offered by either of the former two, unless Cabrera has spent the entire winter being beaten over the head with a fungo bat in an effort to impart the slightest modicum of common sense into his thick skull.

Which means that a better solution must lie outside the organization. I'd be willing to see if Jim Edmonds has anything left given his rebound with the Cubs. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Yankees trade for Swisher preclude them from going after Texiera? What's your opinion of Swisher?
(Eric from Manorville)
Let's start here, since this is what's on my mind anyway. Well, that and the awful, hideous Wolfman Jack impersonator that is on Sirius/XM's 60s channel just now. I hated that guy before, and now he's on in the daytime. I like Swisher and his power/OBP approach and I think he's going to rebound nicely for the Yankees. As many (including myself over at YESnetwork.com) have pointed out, his BABIP numbers from last year argue loudly for a case of extreme bad luck this year. Now, I love Swisher as a roamer, a guy who can help you at both OF corners, 1B, and CF in a pinch. I DON'T like him as a reason not to get Mark Teixeira. A lot of commentators are assuming that is the case, that Swisher signals the Yankees are out of the Teixeira business. I'm not sure, and Brian Cashman sounded equivocal. Teixeira is a star 1B. Swisher isn't. What Swisher could be a star of is helping the team stay above replacement at four positions depending on injury, or a star of getting rid of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, or Xavier Nady. Especially Nady. The Yankees are crazy focused on pitching right now, when they need to be looking at offense and defense. Teixeira would help with both... And he'll be valuable for many more years than Sabathia will. I'll stop now. (Steven Goldman)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)"getting his Batphone caught and then having the Roger Dorn treatment" -- huh? i know you're being cagey of necessity but please clarify.
(g-mo from bumpus)
Batphone -- read Johnny Damon's ... wait, that book stunk on ice. The "batphone" is a guy's second cell phone, given out to the Annies.
Roger Dorn Treatment -- see "Major League". (Will Carroll)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, I am the one Red Sox fan in the universe who doesn't think Jacoby Ellsbury is a future Hall of Famer - what am I missing?
(Bits_of_Real_Panther from SF, CA)
Nothing. He doesn't have the power to be a future HoF, and he's not going to be a monster CF. He's a very good player, probably a bit like Johnny Damon. That guy doesn't go to the Hall. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have, Adam Jones or Jacoby Ellsbury?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Jones on youth and power--IE that superior growth potential I talked about before. If Ellsbury proves to peak as a Johnny Damon type with better on-base, defense, and baserunning abilities, there won't be a lot of difference... (Steven Goldman)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ellsbury capable of keeping this sort of play up over the course of a season? What's he profile to for a career?
(JAN02000 from Bozeman)
Ellsbury's a good little player, but I don't see him going .420 OBP/.480 SLG all year. For one thing, he's got no track record of being able to sustain the 6/13 K/BB ratio he's put up so far. Even if the Sox hitting coach or whomever is encouraging him to change his approach and take more pitches, I suspect that Ellsbury's contact rate will decline a bit and his numbers will come back to earth a bit.
Johnny Damon has been the point of comparison for Ellsbury's career given the fact that the latter is the de facto long term replacement for the former in Boston, and in fact he shows up as Ellsbury's #2 PECOTA comp, so I'll stick with that comparison. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jay, Big fan. With the benefit of two years of hindsight, what do you make of Johnny Damon's contract with the Yankees?
(mattymatty from Philly, PA)
I think it's every bit the millstone that it looked like back when he signed. Certainly, there's something to be said for the fact that it hurt the Red Sox to lose him initially, and there's also something to be said for Melky Cabrera's rather surprising development into a solid major-leaguer during the time Damon's been in pinstripes. But given that Damon can't really play center field anymore, and will have a hard time staying in the lineup, this isn't pretty. He's owed $26 million for 2008-2009, and PECOTA thinks he'll be worth about $15 million. Blech. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the stronger arm? Me or Juan Pierre? (Note: I "probably" lead my slow pitch softball league in outfield assists last year, although most of the base runners have had hip replacements recently.)
(Clay from St. Louis, MO)
Well, if your league is anything like the one I played in last year, getting an assist is actually an accomplishment since we're too old to try to stretch anything or for that matter want to even consider sliding. So I'd have to say yes, your arm is probably competitive.

For 2007 Pierre ranked dead last among centerfielders at -7.3 with a rate of -6.0. Grady Sizemore is second to last at -4.6 with David DeJesus (-4.5) not far behind. In 2006 Pierre was -1.8 and in 2005 -1.6. From 2005-2007 he finished second to last at -10.7 ahead of only Johnny Damon (-11.2). He wasn't nearly as bad as far as rate was concerned because of his greater playing time (-3.0 per 550 opportunities). From a rate perspective Brady Clark did the worst among centerfielders who received much playing time (256 adjusted games in those three years) at -5.3 runs per 550 opportunities.

Who was the worst in 2005-2007 you might ask (ok, you didn't but play along)? Shawn Green was -16.0 and Shannon Stewart was -11.8 before we get to Damon and Pierre. Jason Bay (-10.5) and Xavier Nady (-10.4) were no great shakes either. (Dan Fox)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best overall baserunner on the Yankees?
(Rob from Andover, CT)
In 2007 I had Johnny Damon on top at +7 runs with Alex Rodriguez next at +5.2. Derek Jeter usually does well in baserunning and was at +2.4 and Hidecki Matsui was at +2.3.

On the flip side, as usual Jorge Posada was last at -7.6 and Jason Giambi was at -3.5. Robinson Cano also did poorly at -2.2. Those three were also on the bottom in 2006 with Bernie Williams next.
Melky Cabrera (+2) did well in 2006 as did Bobby Abreu (+1.5) but Damon was tops at +5.6.

Based on past performance I'd have to go with Damon. (Dan Fox)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveAnd drama we have . . . can we stop making fun of Johnny Damon for what he can't do? Because he can do a lot of things. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveKevin brings up Brett Butler in comparison for Johnny Damon, but I keep thinking Paul O'Neill. Not just a Yankee, but a guy who had better speed than most remember and also really muscled up in the middle of his career. Damon's a good 20 pounds higher than his listed weight, about the same amount as Sabathia. (Will Carroll)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveAndrewP (Minnesota): Did Johnny Damon's double steal last night further his chances for inclusion into the Hall of Fame eventually?

Well, it certainly didn't hurt his case, and it won't if the Yankees go on to win this World Series. Because of his relatively low homer and stolen base totals - low relative to other HOFers he's basically on the 3000 or bust plan. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveI was thinking the same thing last night, and looking at Johnny Damon's career total and birthday while wondering if he could have a pretty graceful aging cycle a la Brett Butler and end up with close to 3000 hits. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveJohnny Damon hasn't lost much speed, despite age and some injuries. I'd love to see baseball do more with speed measurements, the way football talks about 40-times. (Will Carroll)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneJohnny Damon looks like he's about to go into hypothermia. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneSince Jay is here, Johnny Damon's HOF chances exist at all? 2425 hits, turns 36 in November, but I could see him with a pretty slow decline and finishing close to 3000. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game Four"Mike w (Chicago): Even though Pierre got thrown out, he brought a new dimension, an excitement, to the Dodgers' attack! The Phils were back on their heeels!"

I still say we haven't lived until we've seen him throw. Worse than Bernie Williams, worse than Johnny Damon, worse, barely, than Luis Gonzalez, who at least blew out his arm as an excuse. (Joe Sheehan)
 

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