Johnny Damon on Donald Trump: “If he needs me anywhere, I’ll be there”

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I smell a new regular feature, you guys: ballplayers who endorse Donald Trump. Unless of course it’s just ex-Yankees who do it, which is a distinct possibility. I dunno.

Earlier it was Paul O’Neill. The latest: Johnny Damon. Which should not be anything approaching a surprise given that he spent a season on The Donald’s reality show a couple of years ago. He was on the same season as Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin and Vivica A. Fox, so it was a pretty heady time for him. Of course later that year he was the subject of a fantastic Pat Jordan profile that suggested maybe it wasn’t so heady, actually, but more of a lost time for him as he struggled to figure out how to live life without baseball. Understandable.

Now Damon seems pretty clear about what he wants — Donald Trump in the Oval Office. From the Daily News:

“I want (Trump) for president,” Damon, 42, told the Daily News Wednesday. “I’m a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago. Everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses. The issues all the other politicians failed to discuss, (Trump) is bringing us up to speed.”

He’s cool with Trump’s immigration platform and defends him against accusations of racism. Damon says “Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That’s how I’m viewing it.”

Whatever works for you, Johnny. Now, can someone find Andy Phillips or Scott Proctor? I’m dying to know their take on Decision 2016.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.