The Cleveland Indians retired the number of former first baseman Jim Thome over the weekend.
The now 47-year-old Hall of Famer, Thome, saw his No. 25 put up in a ceremony in Cleveland.
Thome’s best overall season was his final season before he left Cleveland for the Philadelphia Phillies. Thome led the league in walks (122), slugging percentage (.677), OPS (1.122), and OPS+ (197) in 2002, according to Baseball Reference, while slashing .304/.445/.677 (189 wRC+) with a 7.3 fWAR, according to Fangraphs.
Thome was originally drafted by the Tribe in the 13th round of the 1989 draft. He played there for 13 seasons before signing with Philadelphia after the monster campaign in 2002.
The Phillies traded Thome to the Chicago White Sox for a package including Aaron Rowand and Gio Gonzalez. Thome played a couple of nice seasons in Chicago before splitting time between the White Sox and LA Dodgers in 2009.
He went kind of year-to-year after that, playing with the Minnesota Twins on separate one-year deals before making return trips back to Cleveland and Philly, in that order. The Phillies shipped him to Baltimore to finish the 2012 season, where he played 28 games with the Orioles.
Thome finished his career with 612 home runs, 1699 RBI, and a .956 career OPS. Surprisingly, he never finished higher that fourth in MVP voting, and he only made five all-star teams, but if you look at his career, he obviously had the numbers to earn more of such honors, and clearly is a deserving inductee of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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