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Johnny’s place in baseball history

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d921887ebc_damon10282007Johnny Damon collected his 600th hit with the Yankees when he went 2 for 4 on Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of only three players in history to collect 600 hits with three different teams, the first in 50 years. The others were Wee Willie Keeler (1892-1910) and Doc Cramer (1929-48).

Damon has the following career stats:

1,459 runs
2,389 hits
95 triples
205 homers
981 RBI
370 steals

Only one player in history has ever had 1,500 runs, 2,500 hits, 100 triples, 200 homers, 1,000 RBI and 400 steals. That is Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

Johnny is an underrated player when you look at it. People think of him as the goofy dude who had the long hair. But he is putting together a historically significant career. A Hall of Famer? Probably not. But few players have been as consistently productive across the board as he has been over the years.