How much is Johnny Damon worth?
|Net Worth:||$65 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Athlete|
|Date of Birth:||November 5, 1973|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Johnny Damon
- Born: Nov. 5, 1973
- Hometown: Fort Riley, Kan.
- Height: 6-2
- Weight: 205
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Left
- Family: Wife, Michelle, two daughters. Boy and a girl (twins) from first marriage.
- Primary position: Outfielder
Before the Bigs:
- Grew up in Orlando, Fla., and graduated from Dr. Philips High School. Was the state’s player of the year in 1992 and selected as the top high school prospect in the country by Baseball America.
- Called a five-tool prospect because he hit for power and average, had speed, fielded well and had a strong arm.
- Earned a scholarship to University of Florida, but turned it down to enter the 1992 draft. Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round, 35th overall.
- Hit well at all levels of the minors. Batted .349 with four homers and 23 stolen bases in 50 games in rookie ball in 1992.
- In 1993 at Rockford (A), he batted .290 with five homers and 59 stolen bases. Moving up a level to Wilmington (high A) in 1994, he hit .316 with six homers, 75 RBI, 44 steals and 13 triples.
- Was Player of the Year in the Texas League in 1995, when he hit .343 with 16 homers, 54 RBI and 26 steals at Wichita. Was called up to the majors that summer.
- Became a regular at age 21 with the Royals and had his breakout year statistically in 1998, when he hit .277 with 18 homers, 66 RBI and 26 stolen bases with Kansas City.
- In 2000, he led the AL in runs scored (136) and stolen bases (46), hitting .327 with 16 homers and then a career-best 88 RBI.
- Wanting to play for a winner, he turned down contract extension offers from the Royals and was traded to the Oakland A’s before the 2001 season. Struggled a bit to a .256 season and became a free agent.
- Signed a four-year, $31 million contract with the Boston Red Sox on Dec. 21, 2011.
- Led the AL in triples with 11 and was selected by fans to his first All-Star game in 2002, when he hit .286 with 14 homers and 31 stolen bases.
- Had three hits in an inning on June 27, 2003 with Boston.
- Leadoff hitter and one of the self-proclaimed “Idiots” for the Red Sox in 2004, hitting .304 with 20 homers, 94 RBI and 19 stolen bases in the year of their incredible comeback from a 3-0 deficit against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. He hit two home runs in the series, then one more in the World Series as the Red Sox won a championship for the first time in 86 years.
- An All-Star again in 2005, when he hit .316 with 10 homers for Boston.
- Signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the New York Yankees after the 2005 season.
- Hit a career-high 24 homers for the Yankees in 2006.
- Went 6 for 6 in a June 2008 game against the Royals.
- Hit .282 and tied his career-high with 24 homers in 2009 and won his second World Series ring with the Yankees. Hit two home runs against the Angels in the ALCS and .364 in the World Series against the Phillies, when his alert base-running on a stolen base attempt in the ninth inning of Game 4 allowed him to steal third as well with nobody covering the bag on an infield shift. He scored the go-ahead run.
- Signed with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year deal for 2010, then the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011 on another one-year contract. Signed with the Cleveland Indians on a one-year contract in 2012 at age 38.
- As of April 2012, he had 2,723 hits and a .286 lifetime batting average. Has played his entire career in the American League.
Off the Field:
- Resides in Windermere, Fla., near his boyhood home in Orlando.
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