Gammons said Damon feels 3,000 hits will make him a lock for the Hall of Fame, and history agrees. Except for Rose, all of the 27 players with 3,000 or more hits are in the Hall of Fame. Not only that, all of the players that reached 3,000 hits after 1962 have been inducted on the first ballot.
When all is said and done Damon will probably end up with about a .284 lifetime ba, 3,000 hits, 260 home runs, and 400 stolen bases. Certainly a very impressive resume. He has been a valuable piece to every team he has played on. He will also be remembered for some playoff heroics.
The downside to Damon is he has made the All-Star team just twice in his career. He has never been a top tier player in the league (his highest finish in MVP voting is 13th). He hasn't won a gold glove and has been a below average fielder for some time now. His lifetime OPS stands at just .794 (low for an outfielder) and is likely to drop by the time he collects his 3,000th hit.
As for the playoff heroics, the reality is his stats in the playoffs (.279 ba, 9 hr, 244 ab, .783 OPS) are nearly identical to how he hit throughout his career.
So the poll question is (top right), if Damon eventually reaches the magical 3,000 hit mark, do you think he will make the Hall of Fame?