On a day when Delmon Young was traded to the Tigers after a disappointing 2011 season, Jim Thome put the that story to shame by launching his 599th and 600th home runs en route to a much needed Twins victory over the Tigers.
It is seeminly impossible to find a negative story about Jim Thome, who is heralded as a genuine class act and regarded as one of the nicest people in all of baseball. Thome joins the exclusive 600th home run club as its 8th member, with three of those members being tainted by PEDs (Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, and Barry Bonds).
Thome will add it to the list of his career accomplishments which include being the only player besides “A-Roid” to hit 40 home runs for three different teams, holding the Indians single season home run record at 52, and the White Sox single season home run record for a left hander at 42. Thome also boasts a gaudy .403 career OBP and .557 career slugging percentage.
The 3000 hit club has 28 members but the celebration for Derek Jeter made it seem as if he was the first member to join it. Thome’s 600th home run has not received as much press due to several factors but namely the fact that Minnesota is not nearly the same market as New York and the Twins disappointing season has not helped them garner attention around the team.
The story of lesser note was that Delmon Young was claimed on waivers by the Tigers and the Twins have received lefty Cole Nelson and a player to be named later in the deal. They also saved about $1 million that Young was due for the rest of this season. Cole Nelson is a 6’7 left hander who is just 22 years old, but currently has a 4.87 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in single A. Nelson was selected in the 10th round of last years draft, and has the body to be a major leaguer. Bottom line is that the Twins were not going to pay Delmon Young upwards of $6 or $7 million with the plethora of everyday outfielders on the potential 2012 roster (Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Ben Revere).
The Twins are sellers at this point in the season and will need to sweep the Tigers in order to have a chance at catching them in September. That will be especially difficult since they have to face Justin Verlander tomorrow.
About the Author
Written by Jonathan Fawkes
I was born and raised in Brooklyn but I'm a long suffering Minnesota sports fan (Twins, T'Wolves, Vikings). Looking forward to Teddy Bridgewater, Byron Buxton and Andrew Wiggins bringing a winning culture to Minnesota. Thanks for reading!