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Former Royals OF Damon falls off HOF ballot

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KANSAS CITY -- Former Royals outfielder Johnny Damon did not receive 5 percent of the votes and was unable to remain on the Hall of Fame ballot in his first year of eligibility, as announced on MLB Network on Wednesday night.

Damon received 1.9 percent of the votes.

KANSAS CITY -- Former Royals outfielder Johnny Damon did not receive 5 percent of the votes and was unable to remain on the Hall of Fame ballot in his first year of eligibility, as announced on MLB Network on Wednesday night.

Damon received 1.9 percent of the votes.

A first-round pick (No. 35 overall) by the Royals in the 1992 Draft, Damon spent his first six Major League seasons with Kansas City, hitting .292 with a .789 OPS and 156 stolen bases.

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Damon went on to play for the A's, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Rays and Indians. He amassed 2,769 hits over his 18-year career and finished with a .785 OPS and 408 stolen bases.

Damon was on the 2004 Red Sox team that ended an 86-year World Series championship drought. He may be best remembered for his two-homer, six-RBI onslaught in Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox then swept the Cardinals to capture the World Series title.

Damon made his Major League debut with the Royals in 1995. His best season with Kansas City came in 2000, when he slashed .327/.382/.495. He also led the American League with 46 stolen bases and 136 runs scored.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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