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Jim Thome ties Frank Robinson for 8th place with 586 homers

Sep 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

Jim Thome’s great run continued last night, as he homered for the fourth time in three games to tie Frank Robinson for eighth place on the all-time list with 586 career long balls.
Thome has given the Twins amazing production for a one-year, $1.5 million investment this offseason, hitting .278/.407/.636 with 22 homers, 16 doubles, and 52 walks in 297 plate appearances.
Among all AL hitters with at least 250 plate appearances Thome leads the league in slugging percentage (.635) and at-bats per homer (11.0) while ranking fourth in OPS (1.042) behind only Justin Morneau, Miguel Cabrera, and Josh Hamilton.
Morneau hasn’t played since suffering a concussion on July 7, but Thome has stepped up to hit .299 with a .437 on-base percentage and ridiculous .701 slugging percentage in 38 games since then, smacking 12 homers in just 107 at-bats. He now has the third-highest adjusted OPS+ ever by a 39-year-old, trailing only Barry Bonds and Ted Williams while slightly ahead of Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.
In terms of impact per dollar no free agent signing has been better than Thome, particularly since he left the second-place White Sox to join the first-place Twins.

  1. BC - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Face it, the guy’s a machine…

  2. Jonny5 - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Loved him as a Phillie. It was a shame to let him go. Howard made it painless though…

  3. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    first ballot hall-of-famer, even if this is his last year and he falls short of 600. my call is 592

  4. Mrsteve - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    The dude hits bombs
    Problem is if they make the playoffs some how Gardy is going to find a way to bench him & put Punto in the lineup
    & the Twins will be swept away again

  5. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    I’d love for the Twins to keep him around for another year, but I can only imagine there will be someone offering a lot more money and a lot more at-bats next season.

  6. ThatGuy - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    You likely dont watch all that many Twins games, because while Gardy does love his utility infielders, when the team is rolling he doesn’t touch his lineup. I would be surprised to see Thome get a day off come playoffs.

  7. ThatGuy - Sep 8, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    I don’t think Thome wants more at bats next season. I think he realizes that this is about the perfect combination. Allows his knees and back to stay semi healthy and he still gets to mash Taters. Its a win-win for them.

  8. Trevor B - Sep 8, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Sadly this will somehow prove true as Gardy loves his lap dog Punto. Worst investment ever… behind Ollie Perez and Milton Bradley.

  9. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 8, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    yeah, i’m with thatguy. thome seems pretty happy in MN. and the way they’re printing cash at target field right now, I bet they’ll make a competitive offer.

  10. doctorfunke - Sep 8, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Trevor, please stay on the STrib website where all the other whiners are.
    Please show me where/why Punto has been detrimental to the Twins. He’s a utility infielder, what do you expect? If you compare him to any other guy from any other team that covers the same position, you will find that we are set up pretty well with LNP. I find it baffling that you lump him in with Perez and Bradley. Those guys would never accept a utility role like Punto has for years. Like it or not, he has been an asset to the Twins organization.

  11. Mrsteve - Sep 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    How many different people have played third in the last 3 games. How about second or short?
    Thank God Punto is on the DL. Wish he would break his shoulder off next time he slides headfirst into first base.
    What about in Texas when the Twins lost 3 of 4 & Thome was not playing.
    How about when the Twins lost to Detroit up by 5 & used every pitcher, including the next evenings starter.

  12. D-Luxxx - Sep 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Valencia has been hurt, so that’s a pretty weak argument. Punto has started a grand total of 38 games at 3rd, 28 at short, and 6 at 2b. Hmmm, sounds like a utility infielder to me. Lets keep this about Thome. I’m happy we got him, and I agree that this may be the best value free agent signing ever.

  13. mongo054 - Sep 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    This guy is one of the most underrated hitters in MLB history. Even with his gaudy numbers, he fails to get recognized nationally as one of the best ever. He just doesn’t draw attention to himself like many of the power hitters that rival him. A-Rod, McGwire, Bonds, etc should look at Thome and see how a true professional should act. The is one of the most humble men in the league. A true class act all the way. When he retires, I hope the Twins keep him in the clubhouse in some role. The team can only benefit by having him around, even if he’s hung up the cleats. Until then, I hope he keeps trying to knock over the flag pole in right field.

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