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June 23, 2006

The Kid Is Alright

The Daily News takes a look at how Johnny Damon has been doing so far:

Damon is on pace to score 125 runs, which would be the second-highest total of his career. Damon's .367 on-base percentage is 14 points higher than his career mark and he's batting .299. He could eclipse his career-high of 20 homers and get close to his personal best of 94 RBI.

"I think Johnny drives in a lot of big runs for a leadoff guy, especially late in games," Jason Giambi said.

While Damon doesn't have a strong arm, he's also played "an exceptional center field," according to Mike Mussina and several other teammates. "He's getting to balls that a lot of people wouldn't get to," Mussina said. "We're covering a lot more ground in the outfield."

Four and a half months ago, I suggested that we should expect the following from Damon this season:

Games: 149
At Bats: 615
Runs: 114
Hits: 177
Batting Avg: .288
On Base Avg: .350
RBI: 72
Doubles: 33
Triples: 7
Homeruns: 14
Steals: 25

So, he's been better than what should be normally expected. Now, factor in that Damon has had health issues this season with his foot, elbow, and hamstring. Impressive.

I would say that Damon's winning over Yankees fans quickly this year - and he's doing it the right way.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at June 23, 2006 08:41 AM