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Indians to unveil statue of Jim Thome on August 2

Jan 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians will unveil a statue of Jim Thome on August 2. Thome, who still has not officially retired, has hit 612 home runs over a 22-year Major League career. 337 of them came in 13 seasons with the Indians between 1991-2002 and a second stint in 2011.

Hoynes describes the statue as featuring Thome doing his patented bat-point (seen in the image to the right), which Thome says he adopted upon a suggestion from Charlie Manuel, a hitting coach in the minors at the time. Manuel saw Robert Redford do it in “The Natural”.

Thome can be found in the top-ten on a multitude of Indians franchise leaderboards for offensive stats. Most noteworthy, he leads the franchise with 337 dingers, followed by Albert Belle with 242. He also has the third-highest OPS (.980) behind Manny Ramirez (.998) and Shoeless Joe Jackson (.983).

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Dude hasn’t retired yet. If they really want to honor him, perhaps they should offer him an invite to Spring Training.

  2. raysfan1 - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    I’d rather see him in the batters box on Aug 2.

  3. disgracedfury - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    What a boring baseball slugger.Why a statue when no one cared for him.

    • missingdiz - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      You’re not a baseball fan. Why not just go away? Go back to your video games.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Offer the dude a minor league deal with a spring training invite. If he can’t do it convert it to a one day retirement deal. Or you just might get a DH that hit 20-30 bombs. THEN you put up your frickin statue.

  5. missingdiz - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    His “patented bat point” was usually accompanied by a–what to call it?–cup check. Is that going to be shown by the statue?

    I can’t believe the Phillies haven’t called–he’s only 42.

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    If he caught on with a team would he be the only active player to ever have a statue?

  7. Francisco (FC) - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Thome can be found in the top-ten on a multitude of Indians franchise leaderboards for offensive stats.

    Is Nose hair one of those?

    • ptfu - Jan 26, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      He’s a distant second to Clu Haywood for the league lead.

  8. musketmaniac - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    They should fatten this guy, put a red nose on him. They need a chief wahoo replacement

  9. hardkor07mn - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    This guy is one of the classiest in all of baseball. He should have a statue in every city he played in.

  10. timmons94 - Jan 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    My wife is my rock. Whatever Jim. Left for more green. Stupid hillbilly

  11. jimmywho14 - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Good for him. If there was ever a guy who should get that honor it’s him. I still say it’s because of him coming to Philly that started the turnaround for us and I will be forever grateful

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I think the bluejays should put up a statue of Josh “two wins” Johnson because he earned it after last year no doubt

  13. mundial8 - Jan 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Seeing the names of Manny, Thome, and Joey Belle reminded me of how much power the Indians had in the 90s.

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