Quietly Making History
That’s the number of The Wonders of the World.
It’s also the number Mickey Mantle wore on his back.
There are seven days in a week.
Seven also happens to be the number of men who have hit 600 homers in their career.
That number will soon turn to eight.
762 – Barry Bonds
755 – Hank Aaron
714 – Babe Ruth
660 – Willie Mays
630 – Ken Griffey Jr.
626 – Alex Rodriguez
609 – Sammy Sosa
Jim Thome continues his march toward history, albeit with little of the fanfare that he deserves. Sitting on 596 home runs, Thome is about to join the elite power hitters who ever played the game. Yet no one seems to care. I find that completely vexing if for no other reason than the club is so exclusive. Add in the fact that Bonds, A-Roid and Sosa have huge clouds hanging over their heads as a results of the PED scandal, and it could legitimately be argued that only four men truly deserve to be in the group. The fifth would be Thome (there have long been whispers about Thome, but he’s never failed a test, nor is there a massive amount of evidence pointing to his guilt like there is with Bonds. A few Thome facts…
He has hit at least 20 homers 16 times, the 4th highest total in league history.
He has hit at least 30 homers 12 times, the 4th highest total in league history.
He has hit at least 40 homers six times, the 5th highest total in league history.
He has scored 100 runs eight times.
He has drive in 100 runs nine times.
He has scored more than 1,500 runs, and knocked in more than 1,600.
He’s walked more than 1,700 times in his career putting him in the top-10 all-time.
Face it, Thome has been a very good player for a very long period of time. He was never a good fielder, he lost his glove about a decade ago, but the man is one of the best in the history of the game at taking a walk and going deep. For that, he should get a lot more credit than he has received for a career that rightly should place him in the Hall of Fame one day.
And finally, how about Hideki Matsui? He recently joined the 500-HR club. The majority of his bombs were hit in Japan (332), but Matsui still became the first player to reach the total 500 homer total in a career split between Japan and the States. Congrats
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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