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Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:37 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 10:55 pm

By Matt Snyder

Career HR Leaders
Player Total
1. Barry Bonds 762
2. Hank Aaron 755
3. Babe Ruth 714
4. Willie Mays 660
5. Ken Griffey Jr. 630
6. Alex Rodriguez-y 626
7. Sammy Sosa 609
8. Jim Thome-y 600
9. Frank Robinson 586
10. Mark McGwire 583
Twins designated hitter Jim Thome has joined one of baseball's most exclusive clubs. Monday night in the top of the sixth inning against the Tigers, Thome took Rick Porcello deep to left-center for a two-run home run. It was the 599th homer of Thome's long career. In the top of the seventh inning, Thome went to left field off Daniel Schlereth for his 600th home run. He drove home five runs in back-to-back at-bats to give the Twins a 9-5 lead.

Thome was greeted at home plate, after his 600th homer, by his family and his Twins teammates. He was also given a respectful, classy ovation from the Detroit fans on hand to witness the historical homers. The 600th home run ball went into the Twins' bullpen, so the story of what some fan will do with the ball goes away. Twins closer Joe Nathan retrieved the ball and it's now in the possession of Thome's son.

Thome is now the eighth man in the history of baseball with 600 career home runs. Alex Rodriguez was previously the most recent player to join the group, which had as few as three members at the turn of the millennium. Thome became the first player in baseball history to hit home runs 599 and 600 in consecutive at-bats. He also became the second-fastest to 600, in terms of at-bats, as only Babe Ruth had less at-bats when hitting his 600th home run. Thome also became the oldest man to reach 600 home runs, passing Sammy Sosa, who was 37 when he hit No. 600 in 2007.

Thome, 40, has been playing in the bigs for parts of 21 seasons with five different teams. He hit 334 home runs for the Indians, 134 for the White Sox, 96 for the Phillies and zero for the Dodgers. Monday night's home runs were the 35th and 36th for Thome in a Twins uniform in what amounts to a bit less than a full season's worth of at-bats. So he certainly still has great power.

One would guess hitting his 600th home run would mean Thome is Hall-of-Fame bound. He still has a career on-base percentage over .400, an OPS of .960 and more than 1,500 runs and RBI. Plus, everyone else in the 600-home run club is either in Cooperstown, headed there, or will be left out due to PED suspicion. Thome has never been connected with PEDs.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:56 pm

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

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Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:41 am

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

An amazing night for Thome and well deserved.  He has played baseball the right way and has worked hard.  We love having him here in Minnesota.  Detroit fans were classy for the standing ovation to celebrate his milestone.  ESPN is finally giving him the coverage and credit he deserves.
To the moron that criticized him for just being old and only being able to swing a bat instead of retiring......get a clue!   He is a mentor to the younger guys on the team.  Shows everyone what hard work will get you without having to take steroids.
He is going to be a Hall of Famer.  He is a humble nice guy.  his press conference showed that as well as the long interview with his father after the game to those people who were able to watch it.
Congrats, Thome!  I hope you hit another one when we are at the game for the Baltimore series.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:05 am

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

Thome...Nattenheim German origin: for man who hits ball far without steroids!!!

He just keeps going and going.

Nice to see old school player get his props.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:22 pm

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

Congrats to Jim Thome,a class act when it's becoming increasingly harder to find one.

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:16 pm

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

I believe Reds was insinuating that DH's shouldn't count becasue they don't play defense. Of course if we started rating offensive skills based on defensive skills we couldn't compare 1st baseman to shortstops either, or right fielders to center fielders or apparently Jack Hannahan to anybody

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:11 pm

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

What about those people who are unathletic and can't play baseball but instead of retiring decide to be a lazy bum and become a DH.  In my mind that's worse.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:10 pm

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

Congratulations Jim!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:08 pm

Thome slugs home runs No. 599, 600

Congrats to Jim Thome!  You have achieved one of the most rare achievements in all of baseball, getting to a place where only 7 other people have reached.  You are truly one of the greats!  Been following you since you were an Indian and loved your short time here in Philly.  Congrats!

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