Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jim Thome Deserves Recognition

Congratulations to Minnesota Twins DH, Jim Thome for reaching 600 home runs (8th all-time) last night versus the Detroit Tigers.  He did it in spectacular fashion going 3 for 4 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.  It was not surprising the milestone came against the Tigers.  Thome has 65 career home runs versus the Tigers, the most against any team.

Thome, who turns 41 on August 27th, deserves to be mentioned among the great home run hitters of all time despite playing during baseball's steroid era for a majority of his career.  Thome incidentally has never come under steroid speculation.  Unfortunately, some people will say Thome's accomplishments are tainted because there is no proof he didn't do steroids either.

Performance enhancing drugs aside, sports radio was abuzz this morning about whether Thome has Hall of Fame credentials.  One of the more ridiculous things I heard was that he was not among the "great hitters" during any stretch of time.  From 1996 to 2008, Thome hit at least 30 home runs every season, except when he played only 59 games in 2005.  From 2001 through 2004 he hit 49, 52, 47 and 42 homers (average = 47.5).  That was a remarkable stretch as far as I'm concerned and his career numbers speak for themselves.

Jim Thome will be voted to the Hall of Fame, hopefully the Baseball Writers Association of America won't make him wait long because of the cheating by others.