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Johnny Damon to play for Thailand in World Baseball Classic qualifier

Johnny Damon is seen before Game 3 of

Johnny Damon is seen before Game 3 of the American League division baseball series in Minneapolis. (Oct. 11, 2009) (Credit: AP)

Johnny Damon has found a new team, though it's not one that many people would expect.

The former Yankee will play for Thailand in their World Baseball Classic qualifiers, Major League Baseball confirmed today. 

Damon, whose mother is Thai, will play in the team's first game on November 15 against the Philippines. The winner of the qualifier, which also includes Chinese Taipei and New Zealand and lasts through Nov. 18, advances to the World Baseball Classic in March.

Damon played in 64 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2012, but was designated for assignment on Aug. 3 after hitting just .222 with four home runs, 19 RBI and four stolen bases.

The 39-year-old outfielder hit .285 with 77 home runs, 296 RBI and 93 stolen bases during his four-year stint with the Yankees from 2006-2009. He has also played for the Kansas City Royals, the Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tags: Johnny Damon , Yankees , World Baseball Classic , Thailand

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