The 39-year old Johnny Damon will be playing for Team Thailand in the World Baseball Classic qualifier at Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan, starting next week. Thailand will be competing against Chinese Taipei, New Zealand and the Philippines with the winner heading to the 16-team World Baseball Classic which starts in March.
Damon is eligible to play for the team because his mother is Thai.
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports wrote that Damon’s agent, Scott Boras, “spoke about the outfielder during his remarks to reporters at the general managers’ meetings, noting Damon’s decision to play there precipitated the “first call I’ve ever gotten from Bangkok.”
You may not realize it, but Damon’s stats rank with some of the greatest of all-time.
Here’s Nine to Know about Johnny Damon
- Damon is 45th on the all-time hit list with 2769, five fewer than Hall of Famer Andre Dawson and three more than Hall of Famer Honus Wagner.
- Damon is 39th on the all-time doubles list with 522 (tied with Garrett Anderson), one fewer than Willie Mays, two fewer than Ken Griffey, Jr. and Derek Jeter and 10 more than Alex Rodriguez, 12 more than Rickey Henderson, and 16 more than Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner.
- Johnny is 83rd on the all-time triples list with 109, tied with Lu Blue, Doc Cramer, and Richie Ashburn.
- Damon and Tommy Harper are tied for 40th place on the all-time stolen base list with 408.
- Damon is tied with Miller Huggins for 107th on the all-time walks list with 1003.
- Damon has 235 homers, the same as Ben Ogilvie and Bill Nicholson. He has 1139 RBI, the same as Ron Cey and one more than Tony Gwynn.
- There have been five players all-time with at least 500 doubles, 100 triples, and 400 steals.
8. When you add at least 1000 walks to the equation, Damon is one of four players, because Wagner drops off the above list.
9. Finally in the history of baseball, the only two players with at least 100 triples, 200 homers, 400 steals, and 500 doubles are: