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08:22 AM ET 12.07 | The question is whether anyone would give him a shot. Former Red Sox star Johnny Damon, who played for Thailand in a recent World Baseball Classic qualifying round, said Thursday night he would welcome a chance to play in 2013 in the right situation. Damon, 39, hit .222 for the Indians in 64 games last season before being released. "I liked being home last season with my kids. But I'm in shape and if I could play, I would," he said. "We'll see what happens. I still think I have something left if I am used the right way." ... Damon and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor are the only players in history with at least 2,700 hits, 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 home runs and 400 stolen bases.

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December 7, 2012  08:29 AM ET
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How about the Toledo Mudhens?

Why would you want to saddle them with him.

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December 7, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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He could grow his hair long again and give the Toledo ladies a thrill...he'd be the biggest sex symbol there since Corporal Klinger.

Yes. But does he have the legs for it?

December 7, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Come back to Boston Johnny. Sox need another lefthanded bat off the bench along with a 4th OF. Plus he would be great in the clubhouse.

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December 7, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Molitor shouldn't be in the hof

Why is that? I think almost everyone would disagree with you.

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December 7, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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not a DH thing at all....its a position My issue is he was never a top guy in the league for any amount of time. IMO- you need to be dominant for a decent period of time- say 3-4 years...then be great for the rest of the time-Molitor was an accumulator- his stats & #'s were that of a real good player that hung around forever.Not a HOF'er (imo)

Stat wise he's basically Derek Jeter who didn't have the advantage of playing for great teams like the Yankees.

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December 7, 2012  11:50 AM ET
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Stat wise he's basically Derek Jeter who didn't have the advantage of playing for great teams like the Yankees.

I was prepared to argue with you; but, the numbers over at baseball reference say you are correct. In fact the two most similar players to Derek Jeter are Craig Biggio and Paul Molitor.

December 7, 2012  11:51 AM ET

I think all both Jeter and Molitor belong in the HOF. Jeter does get more points for being a shortstop.

December 7, 2012  12:09 PM ET

With his age and lack of playing skills, what does he want to become, a team mascot?

 
December 7, 2012  12:19 PM ET
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I think all both Jeter and Molitor belong in the HOF. Jeter does get more points for being a shortstop.

I'd vote Biggio in as well.

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