Johnny Damon Gets 400th Stolen Base on Sept. 13
Johnny Damon received hardly any notice on Tuesday night, September 13, when he swiped his 400th career stolen base. It's understandable because Mariano Rivera reached the 600 Saves milestone and Tim Wakefield, after 8 or 9 tries since win #199, finally notched his 200th career win the same night.
Damon becomes one of only 33 Post-World War Two players to reach the 400 Stolen Base mark. Active players with a good chance to reach 400 Steals in 2012 include Bobby Abreu (394), Jimmy Rollins (371) and Jose Reyes (366).
Not only that, but this too, he is in pretty select company:
Johnny Damon's assault on baseball's record books continued Tuesday night at Camden Yards when the Tampa Bay Rays' designated hitter stole second base in the second inning.
It was the 400th steal of Damon's career, and it made him only the ninth player in baseball history to steal 400 bases and hit 200 home runs.
The others are Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Craig Biggio, Joe Morgan, Paul Molitor, Marquis Grissom and Roberto Alomar.
Damon also became just the second player with 400 steals, 200 home runs and 100 triples, joining Molitor.
"That's pretty impressive company," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "And the other guy is in the Hall of Fame."
Damon reached base with a single, which was the 2,710th hit of his career. One more hit and Damon will tie Billy Williams for 61st place on the all-time hits list.
Congrats to Damon!
Give him another couple years and he will have some impressive numbers . . . 3000 hits, 1700 runs, 1200 RBI, 500 doubles, 250 HR, 1000 BB, 4500 TB. It's hard to not be at least a little impressed with those numbers.
OTOH he is @ 10,635 PA #43 alltime. He should finish near 10,700. Another two seasons puts him near 12,000 which would be top 20. A third season and might approach Willie Mays @ 12,493 and a few more passes Biggio @ 12,503 for 10th (Jeter and A-rod could or should get here first). So take these #s with a grain of salt.
Why not be impressed with the fact that he has been able to play this much . . . it shouldn't be a detriment to him that he has played a lot. We obviously all know what kind of player he is. He is not Ruth or Mays, he isn't Rickey Henderson even. But he is a well above average player who has stayed healthy and been able to stay in the lineup for years and put up some pretty numbers that get nicer by the day.
Originally Posted by PVNICK
He's mentioned a few times this season that he takes pride in his streak of having played in 140+ games a year since 1995, and he should get to that this series if he plays every game. He's been a great veteran leader for this team of young players and I would love to see him get a two year deal to remain here and mentor these kids on what it takes to be a consistent major league player.
No its's totally cool. I mean I was as thrilled with him as I was with anyone circa 2004. Thought he was great with KC and Oakland as well. But these bold quotes etc. it gets a bit much. When we see George Van Haltren or Jimmy Ryan threads with yeah, yahoo, they were awesome, bolds and such then we can talk.
Originally Posted by Edgartohof