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 Its about time Jim Thome finally got the recognition he deserved. Though his chase toward history wasnt as publicized as Derek Jeters, Thomes relatively quiet run to 600 career home runs seems fitting, looking back. Thome regarded as among the nicest guys hanging around never seemed to care if the baseball world was focusing; he just continued to destroy baseballs. Since Thome has reached the elite 600 club, a large number of words will be spilled about whether he deserves to maintain the Hall of Fame. Although this milestone generally guaranteed ticket to Cooperstown, the threat of performance Matt Asiata Jersey enhancing drugs has altered what sort of generation of power hitters happen to be perceived. Based on the stats, Thome should get the call. Unfortunately for him, may po sibly not be on the very first ballot.

A glance at Thomes counting stats reveals one of the most dangerous hitters from the 1990s. Thome may have been a strong hitter, but he was patient too, compiling a career .407 on-base percentage. As Joe Posnanski already noted, Thome never met a fastball he couldnt handle. Since 1994, Thome ranks ninth of all players in wRC+, eighth in Harrison Smith Jersey wOBA and ninth in WAR. Throughout his peak from 1995 to 1997 Thome compiled 19.5 WAR, which is better than Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez within the same period. As he was at his prime, Thome could really hit a baseball.

So T.J. Clemmings Jersey , whats the problem? Every voter need to look at those career numbers and say yup, looks like a Hall-of-Famer in my experience. But you will find facets of Thomes game that are going to be picked apart by skeptics.

The biggest complaint could get down to how he accumulated his stats. Some voters might view Thome as a compiler or a player who accumulated numbers on the long period of time (see Mike Mu sina). While its unfair to criticize Thome for being so good for thus long, voters will harp on the proven fact that Thome only had one season where he finished in the top five in MVP voting. Voters will probably mention the consistently great, but never elite argument too.

Thome may also be hurt because he spent the ultimate chunk of his career like aJalil Carter Jersey DH. We dont know exactly how voters will view this yet, though voters denied Edgar Martinez on his first shot. Certainly Frank Thomas have a much better argument for election when his vote comes, which could have major implications on whether Thome makes it in on the first ballot.

While they likely wont play a crucial role in Thomes candidacy, PEDs can come up in the controversy. Because of his personality and also the general praise hes received from everyone around baseball it might truly be a shock if Thome took steroids. People just appear to a sume that Thome is clean, so this i sue may not affect him around a few of the other power hitters from his era. Still, some writer/voter brings them up.

Add everything together, and you still have a lot of uncertainty. Thome deserves to be elected to the Hall based on his hitting statistics a fact few would argue. Yet voters will probably deny Thome from being a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer because of the i sues outlined above. Unle s things radically alternation in the following couple seasons, Thomes nice guys finish last act might extend a couple of years longer. On the other hand, he never needed or wanted the publicity anyway Rashod Hill Jersey .

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