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OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Dixon Machado #49 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by first base coach Omar Vizquel #15 after hitting a single for his first Major League hit during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on May 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2.(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27: Dixon Machado #49 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by first base coach Omar Vizquel #15 after hitting a single for his first Major League hit during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on May 27, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2.(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK – AUGUST 16: Johnny Damon #18 of the Detroit Tigers salutes the crowd prior to his first at bat against the New York Yankees on August 16, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Johnny Damon

Johnny Damon had a very accomplished 18-year career. He knocked out 2,769 hits and scored 1,668 runs.

Damon spent his first six seasons in Kansas City before playing in Oakland for one year and spending the next four years with the Red Sox.

Boston is where he will be most remembered. He was a key component of the famous 2004 team that came back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Yankees. They went on to sweep the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series and broke an 86 year drought for Boston.

Damon then spent four years on the Yankees before coming to Detroit for the 2010 season.

Damon was primarily the Tigers designated hitter in 2010.

He played in 145 games, slashing .271/.355/.410. He hit 36 doubles and eight home runs, stole 11 bases and posted a .756 OPS.

Damon finished out his career with one year each in Tampa Bay and Cleveland before retiring in 2012.

Damon had a very solid career, but not one that will end with him reaching the Hall of Fame.

According to Baseball Reference, His bWAR of 56 and JAWS score of 44.4 both fall short of the average HOF center fielder (71.2 and 57.9, respectively).

He racked up a lot of hits and a lot of runs scored, but his poor defense, average power and average speed might keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

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