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Jim Thome smacks homers 592 and 593 in return from DL

May 24, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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On a night when the Twins honored the greatest slugger in team history, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Thome returned from the disabled list after missing three weeks with an oblique injury and hit the 592nd and 593rd homers of his career.

Throughout his 21 seasons Thome has homered once every 21 at-bats versus left-handed pitchers compared to once every 11 at-bats against right-handed pitchers, but both of last night’s bombs came versus southpaws.

Thome is now seven homers away from becoming the eighth player to join the 600-homer club and 16 homers away from tying Sammy Sosa for seventh on the all-time list with 609 long balls.

Moving up any further than that is likely out of the question, at least for this year, but Thome already ranks fourth all time among left-handed hitters behind only Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth, and Ken Griffey Jr.

  1. ThatGuy - May 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Mashin Taters

  2. Justin - May 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    However, even his heroics couldn’t help the Twins win. Him getting to 600 might be the only highlight of the Twins this season

    • frightwig - May 24, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      I wonder if the Twins might trade him even before he gets to that 600 milestone. I imagine the Tribe would be interested in bringing Jimmy home as Hafner insurance and to possibly hit #600 in Cleveland. The Rays, Mariners, and A’s are a few more AL clubs that might be interested, too.

  3. markcycy - May 24, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    1.) bonds did it on steroids
    2.) babe ruth did it on hotdogs and beers
    3.)Ken griffey jr did it on just plain talent
    4.)Thome did it because of the DH

    I love Thome but The dh has to go.

    • markcycy - May 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      people seriously like the dh? it is ruining baseball

      • frightwig - May 24, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        Let’s see: do I like to watch Mashin’ Taters, or automatic outs in the 9th spot and fancy double-switches?

        Hmm, give me a minute….

    • meyerwolf - May 25, 2011 at 7:26 AM

      Yeah, because obviously no team could’ve found a spot for a guy, who will hit well over 600 homers, because of his defense.

      A big bat will always finds a spot.

  4. markcycy - May 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    what about the fact that AL managers do not have to manage.

  5. meyerwolf - May 25, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    I fail to see how that significantly impacts Thome’s achievement.

  6. markcycy - May 25, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    am a phillies season ticket holder and i love thome but my point is that guys who continue to climb up the homer list as a DH is unfair. It takes something out of you when you are playing in 95 degree heat and you have to play the field. Guys prior to the dh and or steroid era have a significant advantage. I believe he has 186 hr’s as a DH. Mike Schmidt could have easily hit another 50 if he had requested a trade to an AL team.

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