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Jon Paul Morosi

Jon Paul Morosi is a National MLB Writer for FOXSports.com. He previously covered baseball for the Detroit Free Press and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He began his journalism career at the Bay City Times in his native Michigan. Follow him on Twitter.

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Johnny Damon hasn’t decided whether he will continue his major league career.

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But he’s still playing baseball at the moment – for Team Thailand.

Damon, 39, will suit up for the Thai national baseball team during the World Baseball Classic qualifier at Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan, held Nov. 15-18. Damon is eligible to play for the team because his mother is Thai.

Teams from Chinese Taipei, New Zealand and the Philippines also are competing in the tournament. The winner advances to the 16-team World Baseball Classic, which will be held for the third time in March.

Damon’s longtime agent, Scott Boras, spoke about the outfielder during his remarks to reporters at the general managers’ meetings, noting Damon’s decision to play there precipitated the “first call I’ve ever gotten from Bangkok.”

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The WBC qualifier will be Damon’s first action since a disappointing season with the Cleveland Indians, in which he batted .222 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 64 games. He was released in August.

“We’re going to look into this for him and make a decision,” Boras said, when asked whether Damon will keep playing or retire. “He just said he wanted to play (in the WBC), evaluate that, look into it and decide what he wanted to do.”

Damon has accumulated 2,769 hits over an 18-year big league career in which he batted .284, won two World Series rings and made two All-Star teams. Damon, best known for his tenures with the rival Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, has said in the past that he would love to surpass the 3,000-hit mark before retiring.

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