, Thome became Chicago's regular designated hitter in April 2006 and flourished in his first season in Chicago. from the SABR BioProject, More Jim Thome Pages at Baseball Reference, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Saturday, October 17, 2:04AM. An active philanthropist during his playing career, he was honored with two Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards and a Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for his community involvement.
 On September 4, Thome again hit two home runs in a single game to tie and then pass Mark McGwire for the ninth spot on the career home run list. update=copyright.getFullYear(); Jim Thome Stats. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine.
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 However, after leading two-games-to-none, Cleveland lost the five-game series.  He was one of few players whose prime was during the steroid era and was not suspected of using steroids; Thome adamantly denies ever using performance-enhancing drugs. James Howard Thome (/ˈtoʊmi/; born August 27, 1970) is an American former professional baseball corner infielder and designated hitter, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 22 seasons (1991–2012). , On July 2, 2013, Thome joined the White Sox organization as special assistant to the general manager. His 1,008 walks, 1,400 strikeouts, and 87 intentional bases on balls are also still the most in team history to this date.  In addition, Thome had 124 RBI and 111 walks. Are you a Stathead, too?
 Thome is also a philanthropist and provided help to the communities surrounding the teams for which he played.
 Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said of Thome, "I think you look at him and say: This is a guy who loves the game more than anyone. He was a member of five All-Star teams and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996. or 'What about the game?'
", "He's 40, but Jim Thome's mind isn't on retirement – Page Two", "Jim Thome's faltering case for the Hall of Fame", "Gentleman Jim Thome set to make history as a Minnesota Twin", "Jim Thome has clean reputation amid steroid era", "In an era of cheats, Thome is a player worth believing in", "Hall of Fame voters eager for Jim Thome ballot", "Jim Thome's tremendous numbers likely won't be enough to get him into the Hall of Fame on first ballot", "Why doesn't anyone talk about Jim Thome? [Answer]. All the latest information about the expanded baseball postseason.  Thome posted his best slugging percentage since 2002. , After the 2011 season, Thome agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal that returned him to Philadelphia.
, On June 17, Thome became the fourth major league player to hit 100 home runs with three different teams, joining Reggie Jackson, Darrell Evans and Rodriguez.
 After Thome hit his 600th home run, Twins closer Joe Nathan said, "He is the world's nicest man. Thome hit .133 in the playoffs with no home runs or RBIs.  Thome became the 23rd major leaguer to reach the milestone and the third in the 2007 MLB season (the others were Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez), as well as the first ever to do it with a walk-off home run. Jim Thome was born on Thursday, August 27, 1970, in Peoria, Illinois. - Jim Thome in Sports Illustrated (March 2, 2003, Page 17), Jim Thome Autograph on a 1992 Score Baseball Card (#859), Jim Thome Miscellaneous Items of Interest.  ESPN's SportsCenter reported that shortly after his nephew, Brandon, was paralyzed in an accident, he asked Thome to hit a home run for him; Thome obliged, hitting two in the subsequent game.
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Thome remarked, "I talk the game. 2020 MLB playoffs: Schedules, postseason bracket, analysis and updates. , Thome had his best season with Cleveland in 2002, leading the AL in walks (122), slugging percentage (.677) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.122), while batting .304 (16th in AL) with a .445 on-base percentage (second in AL). , On September 16, 2007, Thome joined the 500 home run club by hitting a walk-off home run against Los Angeles Angels pitcher Dustin Moseley. Seager hits 2 HRs as Dodgers force Game 6. View Jim Thome's Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos). The plaque reads in part, "Signed by the Phillies to the largest contract in team history at the time. , Thome experienced stiffness in his lower back in the Phillies' game against the Chicago Cubs on April 28, and early in May, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower back.  He has also established funds to put his 10 nieces and nephews through college.  A "promising youngster", for the first time in his career, Thome spent the entire 1994 season with Cleveland, playing in 98 games while hitting .268 with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs. , Despite his injuries throughout his later years, Thome totaled, according to Fangraphs, 71.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a sabermetrics baseball statistic intended to quantify a player's total contributions to a team.
Hit a home run, hey, enjoy the moment, but then let it go. 2,548 - Jim Thome struck out a LOT - 2,548 times to be exact, the second most in baseball history (Top 1,000)! Traded to the Chicago White Sox before the 2006 season, he won the American League (AL) Comeback Player of the Year Award that year and joined the 500 home run club during his three-season tenure with the ChiSox. ", On July 20, Thome hit his first home run with the Orioles, his 610th of all time moving him past Sosa for seventh place all-time, against the Indians at Progressive Field.  One of his trademarks was his unique batting stance, in which he held the bat out with his right hand and pointed it at right field before the pitcher threw, something he first saw in The Natural. When Jim Thome steps to the plate, he slowly lifts his bat, points it towards the outfield, then settles into his stance. .
 Thome waived his no-trade clause because he thought the Dodgers could win the World Series, but Thome's only appearances with the Dodgers were as a pinch hitter, due to chronic foot injuries that limited his mobility.
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