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Johnny Damon is still holding out hope to continue his playing career

Jun 27, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

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Johnny Damon isn’t ready to call it a career. Via Lou DiPietro of the YES Network, Damon said of taking offers to continue his playing career, “I’ll listen, and it depends on how much time they give me to get ready.”

Damon is now 40 years old and hasn’t played in the major leagues since August 1, 2012 when he was with the Indians. It was the worst season of his career, as he finished with a .222/.281/.329 slash line, four home runs, and 19 RBI in 224 plate appearances.

If Damon doesn’t receive any offers, the 18-year veteran says of officially retiring, “I’ll probably finally announce it after spring training next year.”

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Go home Johnny, you’re drunk.

  2. metrocritical - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    “What? You’re still here? Go home…”

    Ferris Bueller

  3. wilmyers09 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    funny how manny Ramirez is still playing but nobody will give damon another chance damon is better guy the the steroid player

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      You are aware Manny has signed a contract saying he will never play in the Majors, right?

      • roundballsquarebox24 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

        No he didn’t Theo Epstein said that there was no chance that Manny will play in the Big Leagues with the Cubs, but that if he does well and another team wants to pick him up for their Major League club, then that was fine. I’m pretty sure that if somebody offers Manny even one more AB in a Major League game he won’t think about it one second.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Fair enough. At least Manny had the humility to know that won’t happen. Just like with Damon.

    • Bryz - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Manny Ramirez accepted playing in the minor leagues. Who says that Johnny Damon would do the same? It’s very possible that like some veterans, he’s expecting to be handed a major league job.

    • jwbiii - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Johnny Damon was on the leaked list of preliminary test failures. Deserves the same treatment as David Ortiz. Or vice versa.

  4. wilmyers09 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    jcmeyer10 dude he is playing in minors i never said majors lol cubs gave him a chance to be a player/coach

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

      I hear that, but what we do know about Damon is that he is not willing to play in the minors. Thus my comment.

  5. scotttheskeptic - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Would not be surprised if Amaro signed him to a minor league contract. All jokes aside, it appears to this Phillies fan that a lot of moves are about to happen, and the team will need to fill out a 25 man roster.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I am too.

    So what?

  7. xbam1 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Damon looked good at the plate at NYY old times day…just sayin’ :)

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      When would he be facing 50 year old pitching in the major leagues though?

      Is he going to sign a contract to only face the Phillies?

  8. jacobk621 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    It appears that Damon is getting the “Tim Tebow Syndrome” !!!

  9. thomas844 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    He must be like Bernie Mac from the movie Mr. 3000 where he tries to stretch out his career longer to get 3000 hits.

  10. mazblast - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Johnny Damon is still holding out hope to continue his playing career.

    That’s nice. I also am holding out hope of making the majors.

    I’d say our odds are equal.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Go to sleep; you’re dreaming, anyway!

  11. syphermce - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Honestly, if he’s willing to accept a DH/platoon role, I think he’s worth at the minor league deal with a ST invite.

  12. hoopmatch - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    If Jason Giambi can still be playing then I don’t see why Damon Johnny can’t.

  13. hammerrm - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    I’m curious if he has money issues…

  14. 1998yanks - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Red Sox could use an outfielder.

  15. yahmule - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:57 PM

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