A-Rod will make it to 3,000. But will Johnny Damon? And if he does, will that make him a hall of famer?
Damon's a nice player. If you were to go through all the major leaguers that have ever come and gone he's in the top 1% that has ever played the game. But is he really a hall of famer? Does he pass the sniff test?
I don't think so.
Now saying that Damon's not a hall of famer, that's not a knock against him at all. A hall of famer is elite air. Damon's an elite player, but not a hall of famer.
This is his 17th year in the bigs. Coming into today's play, he's compiled 2,662 hits. He's hit at a .287 career clip. He's hit 224 home runs. He's driven in 1,088 runs. He's scored 1,605 times. He's stolen 392 bases. He's been a repeat World Series Champion. He's made over $100 million dollars in his career.
There isn't a ballplayer alive that would turn that career down.
That doesn't make him a hall of famer.
But if he hangs around long enough to get another 338 hits? Does an aging player sticking around past his prime to compile a few more hits when he's not a hall of famer make him one?
Probably. Then again, 338 hits is more of a major league career than a lot of guys who ever made it to the bigs.
That doesn't make them hall of famers either.