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Full Name: Johnny David Damon Primary Position: OF,CF
Height/Weight: 6'2"/205 First Game: August 12, 1995
Birthdate: November 5, 1973 MLB Experience: 13 years
Birthplace: Fort Riley, Kansas
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Johnny Damon (Johnny David Damon) was born on November 5, 1973 in Fort Riley, Kansas. He made his Major League debut on August 12, 1995 for the Kansas City Royals. In 1995, his rookie year, he hit .282 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI. Damon played for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees over the course of his 12 year career.

Most people believe that Johnny Damon's best season was 2000, when he slugged 16 home runs, stole 46 bases, hit for a .327 average and knocked in 88 runs.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1995 KC A 47 188 32 53 3 23 .282 .324 .441 11 5 12 22 1 2 7 0 2
1996 KC A 145 517 61 140 6 50 .271 .313 .368 22 5 31 64 3 10 25 3 4
1997 KC A 146 472 70 130 8 48 .275 .338 .386 12 8 42 70 3 6 16 2 3
1998 KC A 161 642 104 178 18 66 .277 .339 .439 30 10 58 84 4 3 26 4 4
1999 KC A 145 583 101 179 14 77 .307 .379 .477 39 9 67 50 3 3 36 5 13
2000 KC A 159 655 136 214 16 88 .327 .382 .495 42 10 65 60 1 8 46 4 7
2001 OAK A 155 644 108 165 9 49 .256 .324 .363 34 4 61 70 5 5 27 1 7
2002 BOS A 154 623 118 178 14 63 .286 .356 .443 34 11 65 70 6 3 31 5 4
2003 BOS A 145 608 103 166 12 67 .273 .345 .405 32 6 68 74 2 6 30 4 5
2004 BOS A 150 621 123 189 20 94 .304 .380 .477 35 6 76 71 2 0 19 1 8
2005 BOS A 148 624 117 197 10 75 .316 .366 .439 35 6 53 69 2 0 18 3 5
2006 NYY A 149 593 115 169 24 80 .285 .359 .482 35 5 67 85 4 2 25 1 4
2007 NYY A 141 533 93 144 12 63 .270 .351 .396 27 2 66 79 2 1 27 1 4
Total 1845 7303 1281 2102 166 843 .288 .353 .433 388 87 731 868 38 49 333 34 70

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1995 KC A CF 44 40 369.1 102 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1995 KC A RF 4 3 27.1 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1995 KC A OF 47 43 396.2 110 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1996 KC A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1996 KC A CF 89 75 669 205 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1996 KC A RF 63 57 515.2 144 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1996 KC A OF 144 132 1184.2 350 5 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1997 KC A LF 48 32 311.1 69 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1997 KC A OF 136 118 1095 322 5 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1997 KC A RF 47 35 303.1 98 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1997 KC A CF 65 51 480.1 154 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1997 KC A DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 KC A OF 158 151 1354.1 372 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1998 KC A LF 14 2 43 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1998 KC A CF 130 127 1123.1 314 9 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1998 KC A RF 24 22 188 42 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .956
1999 KC A CF 8 6 55 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1999 KC A OF 140 140 1227.2 301 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1999 KC A DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 KC A LF 132 131 1148.2 287 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1999 KC A RF 3 3 24 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 KC A OF 133 132 1149.2 332 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2000 KC A DH 25 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 KC A CF 69 67 579.2 184 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2000 KC A LF 67 65 570 148 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
2001 OAK A LF 67 64 562 131 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
2001 OAK A OF 154 152 1350.1 345 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .991
2001 OAK A RF 5 4 44 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 OAK A CF 86 84 744.1 209 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2002 BOS A CF 151 150 1319 349 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2002 BOS A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 BOS A OF 151 150 1319 349 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2003 BOS A CF 144 141 1265 361 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2003 BOS A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 BOS A OF 144 141 1265 362 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .997
2004 BOS A CF 148 145 1256.1 349 4 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2004 BOS A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 BOS A OF 148 145 1256.1 349 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
2005 BOS A OF 147 144 1225 394 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2005 BOS A CF 147 144 1225 394 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2005 BOS A DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 NY A OF 131 129 1086.2 306 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2006 NY A 1B 1 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 NY A CF 131 129 1086.2 306 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2006 NY A DH 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 NY A OF 81 76 651 193 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2007 NY A 48 45 377 121 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2007 NY A DH 48 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 NY A LF 32 31 271 71 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .973
2007 NY A 1B 5 0 8.1 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .900
2007 NY A RF 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total DH 103 94 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 147 124 1105.1 302 9 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .981
Total 1B 6 0 10.1 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .923
Total LF 360 325 2906 719 12 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
Total CF 1260 1204 10550 3058 46 26 12 0 0 0 0 0 .992
Total OF 1714 1653 14561.1 4085 68 45 17 0 0 0 0 0 .989

Transactions

  • Selected by Kansas City Royals in the 1st round (35th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1992 - signed June 23, 1992).
  • Traded by Kansas City Royals with Mark Ellis to Oakland Athletics as part of 3-team trade in which Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Roberto Hernandez to Kansas City Royals; Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent Cory Lidle to Oakland Athletics; Oakland Athletics sent Ben Grieve to Tampa Bay Devil Rays; and Oakland Athletics sent Angel Berroa and A.J. Hinch to Kansas City Royals (January 8, 2001).
  • Granted free agency (November 5, 2001).
  • Signed by Boston Red Sox (December 21, 2001).
  • Granted free agency (October 28, 2005).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (January 3, 2006).

Trivia

  • Damon holds the record for the most RBIs in one postseason game.
    • In that game, he hit 2 home runs, including a grand slam in the 2nd inning, to help the Boston Red Sox become the first team in major league history (and just the third in the history of North American pro sports) to overcome a 3-0 postseason series deficit, in a 10-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 7.
  • Damon gained some notoriety for the prominent beard and long, uncut hairstyle he brought with him to spring training in the 2004 season, contrasting with his previously clean-cut appearance. His long hair and beard actually came from an unlikely cause - his head on collision with Damian Jackson in Game 5 of the 2003 American League Division Series. Damon laid on the field unconscious for approximately five minutes. When he came to, Damon was completely disoriented, believing that he was still playing for his old team, the Oakland Athletics. The headaches came to disrupt his life to such a degree, that he stopped shaving and having his hair cut. So by the beginning of the 2004 season, he had an uncharacteristic big bushy beard and shoulder length hair.
    • On April 21, 2004, Johnny shaved his beard in a charity event sponsored by the Gillette razor company. The proceeds from the event went to benefit literacy programs in conjunction with the Boston Public Library. He regrew the beard and it remained for the rest of the season.
  • In 2005, Damon wrote "Idiot: Beating "The Curse" and Enjoying the Game of Life" with Peter Golenbock.
  • He also appeared on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in April during a series against the Yankees. On June 7, he appeared on the hit Bravo TV series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" with four of his Red Sox teammates (Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, Doug Mirabelli, and Tim Wakefield).
  • Damon married his high school sweetheart, Angela Vannice, when he was 19. They were married from 1992 to 2002. They had twins together, Madelyn and Jackson, born April 22, 1999.[14] Damon married Michelle Mangan on December 30, 2004. On January 4, 2007, Mangan gave birth to Damon's third child and her first, Devon Rose, in Orlando, Florida. Damon & his family reside in Windermere, Florida.
  • As a part of his exercise routine, Johnny admits to pursuing cars from one end of his block to the other on foot. "I live on a street (in the Orlando area) where the speed limit is 25 miles an hour and the police enforce it. At night, I'd wait out there and when a car came by I would race the car home, so I think I can go at least 25 miles an hour. I scared some of the people, seeing a caveman racing after cars," said Damon in a Providence newspaper article early in 2004.
    • Other exercises he used to do that might be considered weird are doing naked pullups, and climbing up trees as fast as he could while staying there until people got worried and didn't know he was up there. "Most of the time, he would come down because no one was looking for me," Damon said on "The Late Show with David Letterman".
  • Damon also made a cameo appearance on TNA Wrestling Match in Orlando, Florida on December 11, 2005 when Damon gave the home plate to Chicago White Sox Catcher A.J. Pierzynski in order to hit Simon Diamond to win the match.


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