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Short Info

Net Worth$80 million
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1970
SpouseAndrea Thome
FactInducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2016.


Jim Thome is an American former professional baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1991 to 2012. A five-time All-Star, Thome hit 612 career home runs, the eighth-most all time. He also holds the record for the most home runs in a season by a Cleveland Indian, with 52 in 2002.

Born in Peoria, Illinois, on August 27, 1970, Thome was drafted by the Indians in the 1989 MLB draft out of Illinois Central College. He made his MLB debut in 1991 and played for the Indians until 2002. Thome played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003 to 2005, the Chicago White Sox from 2006 to 2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, the Minnesota Twins from 2010 to 2011, and the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. He was a member of five All-Star teams and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996 and 1998.

Thome’s career began promisingly, as he hit .288 with 25 home runs and 87 RBIs in his rookie season. However, he struggled with injuries in his early career and did not become a regular starter until 1995. From 1996 to 2002, Thome hit 30 or more home runs eight times and drove in 100 or more RBIs six times. He became one of the most prolific home run hitters of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2003, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he continued to hit for power, but struggled with injuries. In 2005, he helped lead the Phillies to their first World Series appearance in over a decade. After signing with the Chicago White Sox in 2006, Thome became their regular designated hitter and continued to hit for power. In 2008, he became the White Sox all-time home run leader.

Thome signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, but was traded back to the White Sox mid-season. He continued to hit for power, but his batting average and playing time declined in his later years. He signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and played his final season with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. He retired with 612 career home runs, which ranks him eighth all-time.

Thome was born in Peoria, Illinois, on August 27, 1970, the son of Joyce (née Myers) and Chuck Thome. His father was a high school baseball coach and his mother was a softball player. Thome has two older brothers, Greg and Jeff. Thome attended Limestone High School, where he played baseball and basketball. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 1989 MLB draft out of Illinois Central College.

Thome made his MLB debut on September 4, 1991, against the Minnesota Twins. He hit his first career home run on September 16, off of Mark Guthrie of the Twins. In 1992, he played in just 19 games due to a broken bone in his right hand. He returned to play in 93 games in 1993, but struggled at the plate, hitting just .213 with 9 home runs and 37 RBIs.

Thome broke out in 1995, hitting .314 with 27 home runs and 105 RBIs. He finished fourth in American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting. He continued to improve in 1996, hitting .311 with 42 home runs and 122 RBIs. He finished second in AL MVP voting behind Ken Griffey Jr.

Thome hit a career-high 52 home runs in 2002, setting a Cleveland Indians franchise record. He also drove in 118 RBIs and was named an All-Star for the fourth time. The Indians made it to the AL Championship Series (ALCS), but lost to the eventual World Series champion Anaheim Angels.

In 2003, Thome was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Billy Wagner and Scott Rolen. He continued to hit for power, hitting 47 home runs and driving in 131 RBIs in his first season with the Phillies. The Phillies made it to the World Series that year, but lost to the Boston Red Sox.

In 2005, Thome helped lead the Phillies to their first World Series appearance in over a decade. He hit 49 home runs and drove in 124 RBIs that season. The Phillies lost to the Red Sox again in the World Series that year.

After signing with the Chicago White Sox in 2006, Thome became their regular designated hitter and continued to hit for power. In 2008, he became the White Sox all-time home run leader when he hit his 420th career home run off of Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.

Thome signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, but was traded back to the White Sox mid-season. He continued to hit for power, but his batting average and playing time declined in his later years. He signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and played his final season with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. He retired with 612 career home runs, which ranks him eighth all-time.

Thome was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.

General Info

Full NameJim Thome
Net Worth$80 million
Salary1.25 million USD
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1970
Height1.88 m
Weight113 kg
ProfessionBaseball player
EducationIllinois Central College, Limestone Community High School District 310
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseAndrea Thome
ChildrenLila Grace Thome, Landon Thome
ParentsChuck Thome Jr., Joyce Thome
SiblingsRandy Thome, Kari Thome, Lori Larson, Jenny Thome Ellis, Chuck Thome III

Accomplishments

AwardsLou Gehrig Memorial Award

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Quotes

#Quote
1There's an inner feeling you get when you get in a situation to do well in a game. It's hard to explain.
2I don't really like filling my brain with a lot of stuff.
3Every player that plays for any organization, having great fans on your side every night is a great thing.
4We all make mistakes and sometimes you say things and you really don't realize what you're saying at that moment.
5You can't play forever.
6I've always enjoyed interleague play. It gives you a chance to see different clubs, to go to different places. It gives you a good chance to see where you are, where you stand with other teams.
7When do you know it's time to say, 'OK, that's it?' That is the most difficult part of any decision like that because you don't want to throw the 'R' word out there. I've mentioned it a couple times, but not in the sense that I'm doing it. That word is very fragile. We'll see.
8It's tough to strike out. Believe me. I hate striking out. It's no fun. It's embarrassing. But there really isn't anything I can do. It's just a part of my game.
9My family has loved Minnesota and that was one of the big reasons we decided to come back. For me, family decisions were a big part to coming back to the Twins.
10You always want to get at-bats. You always want to contribute.
11I sign every autograph I can for kids because I remember myself at that age. I think it's ridiculous that some guys won't sign for a kid.
12My favorite thing to do is still to go back to Peoria, go to my cabin and hunt with the boys. This is a great lifestyle, don't get me wrong. But fun for me is going back with my buddies I grew up with.
13Charisma's good every night. Something special is always about to happen. You've got to believe it.
14My dad told me when I went into high school, 'It's not what you do when you walk in the door that matters. It's what you do when you walk out.' That's when you've made a lasting impression.
15I really do try hard to be a good teammate. I can't run very fast, but I try to always run hard. I may strike out a lot, but I try to walk to set up the guys who are hitting after me.
16The strongest thing I put into my body is steak and eggs. I just eat. I'm not a supplement guy. Steroids are not even a thought.
17Is my ability what it was at, say, 25 or 30 years old? Probably not, but I like to compete. I like to go out and play the game hard.

Facts

#Fact
1Inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2016.
2(November 23) The Philadelphia Phillies agree to trade Thome to the Chicago White Sox for center fielder Aaron Rowand and two minor league pitchers. [2005]
3Playing for the Philadelphia Phillies [March 2003]
4Son Landon, born 16 November 2007.
5Sister, Kari Thome, engaged to Sam Stevens.
6He and his wife welcomed a baby son in mid-November.
7Made major league debut on 4 Spetmeber 1991.
8Daughter, Lila Grace, born on December 15, 2002.
9Milestone home runs: 1 - October 4, 1991, at Yankee Stadium, off Steve Farr; 100 - May 14, 1997, at The Ballpark in Arlington, off Bobby Witt; 200 - April 15, 2000, at Jacobs Field, off Mark Clark; 300 - June 2, 2002, at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, off Eric Milton; 400 - June 14, 2004, at Citizens Bank Park, off Jose Acevedo; 500 - September 15, 2007, at White Sox Stadium, off of Dustin Moseley;.
10In the next-to-last game at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Thome became the last player to hit two home runs in a game at the stadium. His second home run of the game was also the last one ever hit there.
11Hit 47 home runs to win National League home run title in 2003, his first year with the Philadelphia Phillies. The total was tied for the Major League Lead with Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers.
12Cleveland Indians All-Time Walks Leader (997).
13Cleveland Indians All-Time Homerun Leader (334).
14First Baseman for Cleveland Indians (1991-2002), Philadelphia Phillies (2003-2005) and Chicago White Sox (2006-present).
151988 graduate of Limestone High School where he was All-State in baseball and basketball. Played baseball and basketball at Illinois Central College. Was Junior College All-American honorable mention. Served as honorary co-chairman of the United Way Home Run Derby over the last five seasons.

Movies

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2016 World Series2016TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Ceremonial First Pitch Honoree
Mike & Mike2016TV SeriesHimself - Former Baseball Player
30 for 302016TV Series documentaryHimself
Prime 92010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Night Baseball1992-2010TV SeriesHimself - Cleveland Indians First Baseman / Himself - Chicago White Sox Designated Hitter / Himself - Cleveland Indians Third Baseman / ...
2009 National League Championship Series2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Los Angeles Dodgers Pinch Hitter
Rome Is Burning2007-2009TV SeriesHimself
2006 MLB All-Star Game2006TV SpecialHimself
2004 MLB All-Star Game2004TV SpecialHimself - NL First Baseman: Philadelphia Phillies
ESPN SportsCentury2002TV Series documentaryHimself
1999 MLB All-Star Game1999TV SpecialHimself
1998 American League Championship Series1998TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Cleveland Indians First Baseman / Himself - Cleveland Indians Designated Hitter
1998 MLB All-Star Game1998TV SpecialHimself
1997 World Series1997Video documentaryHimself (Cleveland Indians 1st basemen)
1997 American League Championship Series1997TV SeriesHimself - Cleveland Indians First Baseman / Himself - Cleveland Indians Pinch Hitter / First Baseman
1997 MLB All-Star Game1997TV SpecialHimself - AL First Baseman: Cleveland Indians
My Oh My!1996DocumentaryHimself
1995 American League Championship Series1995TV SeriesHimself - Cleveland Indians Third Baseman

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ted Williams2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
ESPN Outside the Lines Nightly2006TV SeriesHimself - Baseball Player

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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