The former American baseball player, Johnny Damon is being considered to be put up with other eminent professionals at “The Hall of Fame.” Johnny Damon has played for a number of baseball teams over the span of his career and proved himself now and then. Let’s find out how much Johnny Damon’s net worth is in 2018.
Johnny Damon’s Early Life
The now-retired baseball player, Johnny Damon was born on 5 November 1973 in Fort Riley, an Army Base in Kansas. His father, Jimmy Damon was an Army Sergeant of American origin who had an Irish and Croatian descent. His mother, Yome was an immigrant in the US (from Thailand). It is known that his parents met in Thailand when his father was posted there.
As a child, Johnny Damon was mostly quiet as a result of his problem of stuttering. He tried singing songs as a therapy, and that worked well for him. Like any other “army brat” Johnny Damon had to shift to many places, like Okinawa, Japan and then West Germany before his father left the army and settled his family in Orlando.
Johnny Damon was still a preschooler at that time. He did his schooling at Dr. Philips High School, Orlando. While he was still a child, Johnny Damon played in South Orange Little League. In his senior year at Orlando, he was among the top high-school prospects in the country by Baseball America. In the same year, he was the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year.
Johnny Damon’s Career
It is astonishing to note how luck and hard work played him well in the year 1992 when Johnny Damon not only got high-school acclaims but was also selected in the ‘Kansas City Royals’ amateur draft. The starting point of his baseball career went smoothly, as he played it all well for the ‘Kansas City Royals.’ After that, he played for the ‘Oakland Athletics’ during 2001.
Only a year later, a contract worth $31 million was signed by Johnny Damon with the ‘Boston Red Sox” for a span of four years. While playing for them, he got selected by the fans at the inaugural American League All-Star Finale Vote. He was the first youngest player to be selected by the fans!
Surprisingly, Johnny Damon signed a $52 million four-year contract with the “New York Yankees.” Not only were his previous fans disappointed, but they also felt that he betrayed his loyalty to the city, somehow. It was totally unexpected as Johnny Damon had once said in an interview that he doesn’t need the money the ‘Yankees’ might offer him and that he won’t play for them.
He continued playing for the Yankees for some time before they replaced him because of his demands, even though Johnny Damon adjusted with them at the last minute. Half-heartedly, he now signed a contract with the “Detroit Tigers.” He then went on to sign only one-year contracts with ‘Tampa Bay Rays’ and later on with the ‘Cleveland Indians’.
Johnny Damon remained unsigned in the year 2013, despite expressing a desire to return back to the Yankees. They’d clearly indicated that they weren’t interested in signing him at all. This was the end point of his career, as not a single team signed Johnny Damon after that.
Awards and Achievements
Johnny Damon has always played a fair game and has never given in to any sort of treachery or breach throughout his career. He has also been among the best baseball players of all time. Here’s a list of awards that he won throughout his career: –
• 1993 – Midwest League All-Star OF
• 1994 – Carolina League All-Star Royals Minor League Player of the Year
• 1995 – Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star, KC Royals Minor League Player of the Year, Texas League All-Star & Most Valuable Player, AA All-Star, and AA Player of the Year
• 2000 – KC Royals Player of the Year
• 2002 – All-Star (Inaugural AL All-Star Final Vote winner)
• 2005 – Baseball America 2nd-Team All-Star, AL All-Star
• 2009 – TYIB Award: Best Postseason Moment
Net Worth of Johnny Damon
The huge amount of profits Johnny Damon received during his peak time all add up to his current net worth. Johnny Damon has an estimated net worth of $70 million.
Johnny Damon has been known for his hard work and immense passion, but apart from that, he has a childish side which simplifies things for him and the people around him. It is said that he likes to prank people a lot. On the field too, he helps his teammates to relax during tense situations.