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Thome 4 homers away from 600

Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 8:20 pm
 
Jim ThomeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Lost amidst Derek Jeter's run at 3,000 hits is Jim Thome's pursuit of 600 home runs. With a three-run shot of Kansas City's Felipe Paulino in the sixth inning of Sunday's game, Thome hit the 596th home run of his career.

Thome, 40, did it in style, too -- hitting the ball an estimated 490 feet to right-center field, making it the longest homer hit in the short history of Target Field. Last year he hit a 480-foot shot.

The homer also broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Twins a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning. Minnesota went on to win 4-3.

Watch Thome's bomb here

Thome is attempting to become just the eighth player in baseball history to reach 600, but the fifth since 2002. The fact that the other names to join the 600 club this decade include Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa has marred the accomplishment -- all three have been tied to performance-enhancing drugs. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only one of the newest members of the 600 club not to be tied to PEDs, although nobody  -- including Griffey and Thome --- are above suspicion just by the virtue of having played during the so-called Steroid Era.

Sunday's home run was the 500th of his career in the American League. Thome hit 96 home runs with the Phillies from 2003-05. He's the 11th player to hit 500 home runs in the American League.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Thome 4 homers away from 600

xrisanderson -- i know griffey well (talked to him a couple of weeks ago) and don't think he used steroids, but there are those who do. it's a byproduct of the times. i've heard people suspect both him and thome. it's just part of playing at this time.

-- ctr 



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Thome 4 homers away from 600

I hope that Thome is able to accomplish this feat of getting 600 HR's for his career. He's been a MLB player that I have had respect for during his playing days with the Indians as well as the White Sox. I'm also glad that he was able to get a WC ring as well while being a member of the Phillies........Good Luck Thome!!!!Cool



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Thome 4 homers away from 600

It's really upsetting to read a comment like, "although nobody  -- including Griffey and Thome --- are above suspicion just by the virtue of having played during the so-called Steroid Era.". I would put my life savings down on Griffey having been clean his entire career and i'd be tempted to do the same with Thome, although I'm not quite as confident as I am with Griffey. I'm not saying the statement is inaccurate, it's just really unfortunate to see some of the all-time greats get lumped in any capacity with the likes of Bonds, Sosa, and Clemens.


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