Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time
Jim Thome...........
An Overlooked Slugger

Jim Thome, an all-time slugger overlooked ?

On July 9th 2011, Derek Jeter homered to become the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club. The media attention that this milestone received was off the charts. The fact that he was a "clean" player in the steroid era, in our opinion, fueled the media attention to any even higher level. After the Jeter milestone, we thought the media attention would be passed to Jim Thome, who is approaching an even more exclusive club the 600 home run club. The media attention which has been given to Thome thus far is not even close to that received by Jeter. We do realize one played in New York, while the other spent most of his career in Cleveland, but why is one milestone being held in such high regard while the home run milestone is being tossed aside? We do feel that the career and accomplishments of Jim Thome are being viewed unfavorably because he is a slugger who played in the steroid era. Should a player who has never been found or even suspected of steroid use, have his career numbers downplayed simply because he played in the era of inflated stats? Three of the last four members of the 600 home run club have admited or been suspected of steroid use, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Sammy Sosa, while the 28 members of the 3,000 hit club has one member Rafael Palmeiro linked to steroids. At baseballsgreatesthitters.com prior to the 2011 season, we do rank Jim Thome as one of the greatest 50 hittters of all-time, as well as, the 12th greatest hitting first baseman. We feel Major League Baseball and the media should applaud the hall of fame career of Jim Thome and give him his due as a "clean" player who put up great numbers in the steriod era. In conclusion, when we examine this era, more focus should be placed on the players who did it the right way...it seems that the negative aspects of this era continue to grab the headlines.

Comparisons with some Hall of Fame sluggers.

Player

A.B.

Runs

Hits

2B

3B

H.R.

R.B.I.'s

Avg.

O.B.%

Slg.%

HarmonKillebrew

8147

1283

2086

290

24

573

1584

256

376

509

Reggie Jackson

9864

1551

2584

463

49

563

1702

262

356

490

Willie McCovey

8197

1229

2211

353

46

521

1555

270

374

515

Willie Stargell

7927

1195

2232

423

55

475

1540

282

360

529

Mike Schmidt

8352

1506

2234

408

59

548

1595

267

380

527

Ken Griffey Jr.

9801

1662

2781

524

38

630

1836

284

370

538

Jim Thome

8154

1551

2258

439

26

598

1655

277

403

557

Posted by Joe Angelini at 2/4/2013 3:38 PM | Add Comment
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