My Guy Jim Thome hits 600th (once a Good Guy- Alwayz A GoodGuy)
Hats off to My big Man Jim Thome for hitting number 600 this Monday. First ballot hall of famer still balling!!! I loved Thome as a White Sock and I always will. Once a Good Guy always a good guy!! Way to go two fiver Good Guyz wear Black!!!!!!!! Baseball has alwayz tried to valor Men of Integrity and great Character. I feel like Thome Epitomizes what Baseball is and would like to me as a man and Ball Player. Steady Progress and productivity throughout his carreer. I love his Cut Thomas, Aaron, Mays, Griffey,And jeter with not even a hint of that steriod bullshit!!! Real men hit long forever. Thome makes number on the all time list with 599 and 600 coming consecutively!!!!!
James Howard Thome “Jim” (born August 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois) is an American Major League Baseball player. He is currently a designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins. He is the eighth player to hit 600 home runs in the major leagues
Thome with the sox:
On November 25, 2005, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox along with $22.0 million. The White Sox sent CF Aaron Rowand and minor league pitching prospects Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood to Philadelphia in return.
Chicago White Sox (2006–2009)Thome became the White Sox’s regular designated hitter in April 2006 and flourished in his first season in Chicago. In April, he set the team record for most home runs in the month of April (10), beating Frank Thomas’s record by one. He also set a major league record by scoring in each of the White Sox’s first 17 games. The modern and AL record for consecutive games with a run scored is 18 held by Red Rolfe (1939) and Kenny Lofton (2000). For the season, Thome hit 42 homers, batted in 109 runs, and hit .288. He also struck out 30.0% of the time, the highest percentage in the American League.
On May 1, 2006, Thome returned to Cleveland to play his first game as a visitor at Jacobs Field. The “loud boos Thome heard in each of his six at-bats” were in “sharp contrast” to the “exhilarating reaction Johnny Damon received from Red Sox Nation upon his return to Fenway Park with the Yankees.”
On April 15, 2007, Thome was one of three White Sox players (also two coaches) who wore jersey number 42 in recognition of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut in the White Sox vs. Indians game in Cleveland. Thome pinch-hit for Brian Anderson in the ninth inning and hit an infield single. Alex Cintron, also wearing 42, pinch ran for Thome.
Thome in 2008.On September 16, 2007, Thome hit his 500th career home run off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Dustin Moseley. The home run was a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth inning with one man on base, which gave the White Sox a 9–7 victory. Thome became the 23rd major leaguer to reach the milestone and the third in the 2007 season (the others were Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez) as well as the first ever to do it with a walk-off shot.
25 members of Thome’s family and friends were in attendance to witness his milestone, including his father and wife. The game in which Thome hit the home run was also the Jim Thome bobblehead giveaway day at U.S. Cellular Field. Thome rounded the bases pointing upward in homage to his mother, who died from breast cancer in January 2005.
On June 4, 2008, Thome hit a 464 foot home run—the ninth longest home run in U.S. Cellular Field history—off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar in a 6–4 White Sox victory. On August 14 of that year, Thome hit the first of four consecutive home runs by the White Sox. On September 30, he hit a solo shot in the AL Central Tiebreaker game which proved to be the difference as the White Sox defeated the Minnesota Twins 1–0
Thome’s hitting continued to be strong in 2009, and on June 1, he hit his 550th career home run in a win against the Oakland A’s. On July 17, 2009, Thome hit a grand slam and a three-run homer in the same game for a career-high seven RBIs. On August 15, Thome passed Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson and moved up to 11th on the all time home run list with 564 home runs.
In his career to date (through mid-2011 season), Thome has a .558 slugging percentage, a .403 on-base percentage, and a 147 OPS+ (on-base percentage plus slugging, adjusting for park and league factors). His OPS+ ranks 41st in baseball history. He is considered one of the most complete power hitters of his era due to his ability to create extra base hits, maintain a solid batting average for a power hitter (his career batting average is .277), and ability to get on base. Despite this, he is still very prone to striking out. He is 2nd on the all-time list of strikeouts by a batter, and the active leader in that category, with 2,395. Thome also has 1,708 walks. Only 7 other major league players have more career walks than Thome.
Thome has been named Player of the Month three times: July 2001, September 2003 and June 2004. He is one of only six players to be named Player of the Month in each league (Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Gaylord Perry and Dave Winfield are the others).
Jim Thome has the fifth-lowest career AB/HR (at bats per home run) average in major-league history. His 13.68 is eclipsed only by Mark McGwire (10.61), Babe Ruth (11.76), Ryan Howard (12.16), and Barry Bonds (12.90). Stretching behind Thome, all with averages greater than 14, are such hall-of-famers as Ralph Kiner, Harmon Killebrew, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, and Mike Schmidt, in that order.
Although once a fine first baseman, with a career fielding percentage of .994, injuries have hampered Thome so that he is almost completely limited to the DH position. Thome played one game at first base for the Chicago White Sox in 2007, but he has not played the field since.
Alexander Graham Bell once said:
“The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretionâ¦ It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider – and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation – persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”
Thome has proved in his day of glory to be a great man but more importantly he has proved to be a terrific ambassador for Major League Baseball.
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