Thome Elected to the Hall of Fame

Jim Thome, a fan favorite in both Cleveland and Philadelphia, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in his first year of eligibility. Thome’s career spanned 22 seasons after he was taken by the Indians in the 13th round of the 1989 Draft.

After spending his first 13 season with Cleveland, where he played under Charlie Manuel while Manuel was a hitting coach and later manager of the Indians, Thome signed with the Phillies as a free agent in December of 2002 and was reunited with Manuel. 2003 was the first season in Philly for both Thome and Manuel.

In his four seasons with the Phillies, Thome hit 101-281-.260/.384/.541 in 391 games. The Phillies then dealt him to the Chicago White Sox in November of 2005 for outfielder Aaron Rowand and pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. Thome re-signed with the Phillies following the 2011 season, but was dealt to Baltimore in June, 2012 for catcher Gabriel Lino and reliever Kyle Simon. Thome retired following the 2012 season.

Overall, Thome was a five-time all-star and finished as high as fourth in MVP balloting. He tied for the major league lead in home runs with 47 in 2003 and three times led the league in walks. He also led the American League in slugging percentage and OPS in 2002. In over 2,500 games, Thome hit 612-1699-.276/.402/.554, with the 400th home run of his career coming in a Phillies uniform.

In addition to Thome, Braves infielder Chipper Jones was also elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were also elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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