Johnny Damon got his 2,500th hit last night. I don’t know if I’d bet the farm on it, but there’s at least a chance he hits 3,000 before he’s done. If he does that — or if he even gets close — someone’s going to make the Hall of Fame case for him. Heck, some people who overvalue World Series rings may be making the case already.
My view: Damon has probably been an underrated player for most of his career, but if things break right for him, he may wind up being the test case for a guy with 3,000 hits not making the Hall. But that’s just, like, my opinion man. I want to know what you think.
And yes, I know this isn’t scientific, but I bet I’m drawing from a smarter sample than that which comprises the actual Hall of Fame electorate:
The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.
Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.