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Johnny Damon still wants to play baseball

Jan 12, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

Johnny Damon AP

Johnny Damon is now 40 years old and didn’t play in 2013, but he has yet to fill out the paperwork to end his 18-year Major League career. In fact, as Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports, Damon would be willing to report to spring training if an interested team would like to bring him on board.

Boras said he asked Damon to let him know when he was all done. So far, Boras hasn’t heard those words from Damon, meaning Damon would love to resume his career after missing last season. Damon has remained in shape and would be willing to hook on if someone called.

Damon wrapped up the 2012 season with a career-worst .610 OPS as a member of the Indians. Only a few teams, including the Yankees and Astros, feigned interest in signing Damon in the off-season. As a result, he ended up watching the 2013 season from home. This seems to be the off-season of comebacks, though –Mark Mulder and Chone Figgins are two examples — so don’t write off Damon entirely yet.

  1. mybrunoblog - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    It’s over Johnny.

  2. cackalackyank - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Can he play 3B?

  3. jcmeyer10 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    More like Johnny Demon… amirite Sox fans *holds up hand for high five only to be given the Brady treatment*.

    In all seriousness, it’s over. Teams would rather see what the kids in their farm system can do. Maybe he should start exploring coaching type gigs.

    • djpostl - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      As long as it isn’t as a batting instrcutor. Dude was very, very good but I don’t want that swing being shwon to anyone in my system.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    This one’s for the Unfrozen Caveman. I feel your pain Johnny.

  5. bigguy54 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    I want to do a lot off things but at my age I can’t. Time to hang it up, maybe you can spend some time with Chone, neither of you being on a BB diamond anymore.

  6. punksinplay - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Does anyone else besides me find this sad? It just says to me that this guy has absolutely nothing else going on for him in his life.

    • braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      He needs 3,000 hits geniuses. Try a little harder to figure things out next time, (someone who has earned over $100 million is not a “sad case” or “has absolutely nothing else going on for him in his life.”

    • flatsorter - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:26 AM

      He has plenty of things going on in his life, he always has. He just wants to play MLB baseball, that’s all. I’ve got plenty of things going on in my life, and I want to play MLB baseball too.

  7. 4thqtrsaint - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Looks like he’s waiting on his boomstick so he can keep Peter Parker out of the theater

  8. coachjac30 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    He’s probably thinking of making a comeback after reading all the pro Biggio hall of fame people on this site and realizes with 2 more years, based on their logic, he’s a lock for the Hall of Fame. After all he’ll have 20 years (which is apparently a requirement for the Hall) and if he averages 116 hits in those two years he’d be over 3000…

    • braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      @coachjac, That is EXACTLY right, … plus, he’s capable of doing it.

      He IS a HOF’r and he knows he has to prove it by reaching at least one magic number.
      And, ‘3,000’ is indeed, magic. (Even Palmeiro and Rose will get into the HOF one day I predict.)

    • flatsorter - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:28 AM

      One step at a time. He just wants a job this year. He couldn’t get one last year. 232 hits is a long way away.

  9. braxtonrob - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    I think KC should sign him. He started there and he was born in Kansas FCOL.

    Throw a dog a bone, KC!
    It’s not like you’ve got WS plans over the next two years.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    bluejays can afford him, hey why not?

  11. richwizl - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Why, Johnny? You can’t run fast, can’t throw, can’t field a position and don’t hit for enough power to be a DH. You want people to see you flopping around in the OF, looking like an empty shell of the younger version, like Willie Mays did? That was really sad to watch. You’re wealthy; just find a job coaching ball somewhere and live your life.

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