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Hall of Famers Playing Today: Jim Thome

Jim Thome may be nearing the end of a Hall of Fame career.

Jim Thome may be nearing the end of a Hall of Fame career.

Jim Thome only has 2125 hits during his career so will never have 3000 hits but he is still a potential Hall of Famer in my estimation.

He has never had more than 154 hits in a season but has walked 1616 times in his career. He is 46th in lifetime on base percentage but is 6th among active players with his .405 OBP. His 1616 walks is 10th all time and he needs 62 more walks to pass Frank Thomas.

Thome is currently tied with Reggie Jackson for 12th on the all time home run list with both players having 563 homers.

The next player on the list is Rafael Palmeiro with 569 and then Harmon Killebrew with 573. If he passes both of them he will be 10th on the list by the end of the season.

Assuming he plays next season he should pass Mark McGwire with 583 and Frank Robinson with 586 moving him into eighth place on the list. He still needs 37 homers to reach 600 homers and 47 homers to pass Sammy Sosa becoming seventh on the list.

The only players ahead of him then would be Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez who presently has 10 more homers than Thome with 573.

I don’t see how a Hall of Fame voter could not vote for Thome especially after he becomes a member of the 600 homers club.

Thome is now 39th on the all time RBI list with 1559 runs batted in. If he drives in 100 more runs before retiring he would move to 27th on the list.

If he does drive in those 100 runs he will have passed Hall of Famers Jake Beckley, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Rogers Hornsby, Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Nap Lajoie, Goose Goslin, Ernie Banks and Tony Perez. That would place him 27th on the all time list.

He also would pass non Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Harold Baines.

His .558 slugging percentage is 20th on the all time list. Current players ahead of him are Albert Pujols, Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero and Todd Helton.

He is ahead of famous Hall of Famers Willie Mays,  Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron.

Another category that he is listed near the top is on base plus slugging with a .9630 OPS making him 19th on that list. Alex Rodriguez is barely ahead of him with a .9638 mark.

Some Hall of Famers behind him on the list are Willie Mays 29th, Hack Wilson 31st and Hank Aaron 38th.

His .278 lifetime batting average is not going to get him in the Hall of Fame but his .405 lifetime OBP makes up for his average.

He is a first ballot Hall of Famer after checking his lifetime stats.

Thome was born in Peoria, Illinois on August 27 of 1970 making him 39 years old next week. compares his lifetime stats to five Hall of Famers and five others who will merit serious consideration for the Hall of Fame in the next few years.

If he never plays another game he is a Hall of  Famer to me but if he plays at least one more season he is even more sure to enter the Hall of Fame in about seven years.


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