Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Maybe he is Jesus

To promote his client, Scott Boras created a big binder to show teams how valuable Johnny Damon is. An excerpt from the New York Times:

Boras made a copy of his binder available to The New York Times. In it are sections titled "Best Leadoff Man in Baseball"; "Most Durable Active Player in the Major Leagues/Deserving of a 7-Plus-Year Contract"; and "Better Than Future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson." Statistics follow each heading.

The not-so-subtle request for at least a seven-year deal and the not-so-subtle backhanding of Henderson is intriguing enough, but the information in the binder also projects that Damon will record his 3,000th hit by 2012; play more games in center field than anyone in baseball history by 2015; and have the second-highest fielding percentage ever by a center fielder a decade from now, too.

I need to get Scott Boras to promote this site. We should just put Damon in the Hall of Fame right now! Here's some impressive statistics from the same article:

He is the only leadoff hitter since 1972 to have more than 165 hits and score at least 100 runs for eight straight seasons. Over the past six years, he has been in scoring position 25 percent more than any other leadoff man.

He has scored more runs, driven in more runs, walked more and had a higher slugging percentage than any leadoff hitter for the past four seasons. Only seven players saw more pitches than Damon in 2004 and 2005.

Damon has been very valuable for the Red Sox. When he struggled with his shoulder injury at the end of the season, it was no coincidence that the Red Sox offense started to struggle too. I'd like to see Damon stay on the Red Sox, but not for the salary Boras is proposing.

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