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Johnny Damon

  1. Johnny Damon still wants to play baseball

    Jan 12, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    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…

  2. Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Yankees are betting big that Jacoby Ellsbury will age well in his thirties. They’re betting big that he’s not injury-prone and that his two season-ruining injuries were flukes. They’re betting big that his power will come back with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right serving as such a tempting target. They’re betting big that…

  3. Let’s not overstate the impact Yankee Stadium will have on Brian McCann

    Nov 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    As soon as the Yankees’ signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract was announced, the projections started rolling in. “McCann will hit 35-40 HRs with Yankee Stadium as home ballpark,” tweeted David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Others were less bold, suggesting 35 as a ceiling for the former…

  4. The Rays will use a DH rotation

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Edgar Martinez’s and David Ortiz‘s Hall of Fame cases often get bogged down in “they’re only part-time players” and “anyone can just DH” arglebargle. But when you look around you realize that there are fewer and fewer guys who can make the full-time DH thing work. Indeed, there are 15 teams who use a DH…

  5. Brian McCann’s free agency is everything wonderful/terrible about free agency

    Nov 5, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

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    Free agents can sign anywhere as of midnight last night, and one of the biggest free agents on the market is Brian McCann. And for good reason: he’s a good catcher who can hit a ton. What’s not to like? Many teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers will be after him. He’s going…

  6. Red Sox redefine what it means to be dynasty

    Oct 31, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

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    These Boston Red Sox are a new kind of dynasty. I suppose there’s a question if they really ARE a dynasty, if that word “Dynasty” even means anything in today’s game, with 30 teams and the game’s structure pushing toward parity. But Boston did win its third World Series in a 10-year-span. Only eight teams…

  7. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

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    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  8. Carlos Beltran, from Royals project to Paul Newman

    Oct 15, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    We were in Florida in a place we still stubbornly called Baseball City. This was 1999 — it had been a long time since you could say the name without smirking. A decade earlier there had been an amusement park here called “Boardwalk and Baseball;” it was a strange blend of carnival, petting zoo, circus…

  9. Mark Reynolds homers in debut, Alfonso Soriano stays red hot as Yankees win

    Aug 16, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    In the lineup at first base in his first game as a Yankee, Mark Reynolds made it count. Reynolds blasted a two-run home run to left field off of Felix Doubront in the second inning, bolstering the Yankee lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, outfielder Alfonso Soriano continued to stay red hot. The former Cub entered the…

  10. Yankees don’t view Eduardo Nunez as option to replace Curtis Granderson

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Brian Cashman shot down any chance of the Yankees signing Johnny Damon to replace the injured Curtis Granderson and the general manager also ruled out Eduardo Nunez as an option to play left field, saying: “I don’t think he profiles as an outfielder with the bat.” That may surprise some Yankee fans because the knock…

  11. Johnny Damon can stop waiting for the Yankees to call him

    Feb 26, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman, Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon said yesterday that he’d like the Yankees to give him a call as a short-term replacement for the injured Curtis Granderson. Brian Cashman said almost immediately that it wasn’t in the plans and today the general manager followed up by ruling it out completely: I love Johnny Damon, he was an awesome Yankee…

  12. Johnny Damon would like the Yankees to give him a call

    Feb 25, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon has been unsuccessfully trying to land another job since the Indians released him in August, so not surprisingly he’s hoping the Yankees give him a call with Curtis Granderson out. Damon appeared on Michael Kay’s radio show today and said, among other things, that he has “tons of interest” in rejoining the Yankees.…

  13. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  14. Curtis Granderson has broken right forearm, out 10 weeks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Brutal news this afternoon out of Yankees camp. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, outfielder Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with a fractured right forearm and will need 10 weeks of rest and rehab. Which means he probably won’t be ready for action until late April or early May. Granderson suffered the injury…

  15. Wanna play for the Detroit Tigers?

    Feb 11, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Baseball tryout

    I suppose Johnny Damon technically fits the eligibility requirements, but the Tigers will probably post someone at the gate to keep him out: You can try out for the Tigers on March 4 in Lakeland. — anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 11, 2013 You must be between the ages of 18 and 23 or have previous…

  16. Sure, Johnny Damon would listen if the Royals called

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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    Johnny Damon on MLBNetwork Radio on SiriusXM a few minutes ago, talking about playing in 2013: “I sure hope so. I’m not going to announce until the middle of spring … Seeing what Kansas City has done to their pitching staff, I wouldn’t mind going there and trying to finish where I started.” Of course Kansas…

  17. Geography, taxes, octopus and other things that don’t matter in free agency

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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    A commenter this morning said that the Cleveland Indians make sense for Nick Swisher because he’s from Ohio. I love that stuff. Swisher was born in Columbus and lived here as a kid and then moved to his father’s hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia where he went to high school. But he did come back and…

  18. Johnny Damon still wants to play

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon was DFA’d by the Indians after a mere 64 games last year, and they were 64 profoundly ineffective games at that. But the former Royal, Atheltic, Red Sox, Yankee, Tiger, Ray and Indian still thinks he has something in the tank: “I liked being home last season with my kids. But I’m in…

  19. The Indians are a prime suitor for Shane Victorino

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians are a prime suitor for Johnny Damon. Oh, wait, he said Shane Victorino. Sorry. Honest mistake: Momentum is building in Shane Victorino talks. A deal could get done in Nashville. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 4, 2012 #Indians have emerged as a prime suitor for Victorino. Terry Francona reached…

  20. Johnny Damon-led Thailand team eliminated from World Baseball Classic

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon‘s time playing for Thailand lasted all of two games, as the team was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament last night. Thailand lost Game 1 to the Philippines and Game 2 to New Zealand, falling by a combined score of 20-4 while committing 11 errors defensively. Damon started the first game…

  21. Johnny Damon goes 1-for-3 with walk, double play for Thailand in WBC qualifier

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon started at designated hitter and batted third for Thailand in Game 1 of the World Baseball Classic qualifier, going 1-for-3 with a single and a walk while grounding into a double play. Thailand got blown out by the Philippines thanks largely to committing a WBC-record seven errors defensively, which makes Damon being their…

  22. Norichika Aoki to sit out the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki has told Japan manager Koji Yamamoto that he will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic because he wants to prepare for the 2013 season. Not playing in the WBC is the new black. Aoki joins Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma as no-shows for Japan and Shin-Soo Choo as a no-show for…

  23. The Red Sox are talking to Tino Martinez about their hitting coach job

    Nov 8, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Tino Martinez

    There has been a ton of Yankees-Red Sox cross-pollination over the years so this shouldn’t be a big deal to folks who are big on talking up the rivalry . But: Source: Red Sox have had preliminary talks with former Yankee Tino Martinez for the hitting coach job. #redsox. — Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) November 8,…

  24. Johnny Damon is playing for Thailand in the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon has a new team. Next week when Thailand attempts to qualify for the World Baseball Classic they’ll have Damon on the roster. Damon, whose mother is Thai, began working out with the team this week and according to The Nation he’ll be involved in team-related charities as well. Thailand is in Group 4…

  25. Alex Rodriguez would not block a trade to a big market team

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Every fall I wonder what the dominant hot stove story is going to be. The one where, every time we do a post about it, someone says “I am SO SICK of this!” Usually it’s a big free agent like Cliff Lee or Albert Pujols. Sometimes it’s the story of a little free agent —…

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