Jim Thome (born 1970) played Major League Baseball for 22 years,
starting with the Cleveland Indians in 1991 and joining the Philadelphia
Phillies in 2002. Traded to the Chicago White Sox before the 2006
season, he won the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award
that year. After back pain limited him to being a designated hitter, he
had stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Indians and
Phillies before ending his career with the Baltimore Orioles. A prolific
power hitter, Thome hit 612 home runs during his career—the seventh-
most of all time. He was a member of five All-Star teams and won a
Silver Slugger Award in 1996. One of his trademarks was his unique
batting stance, pointing the bat at right field before the pitcher
threw, something he first saw in the film The Natural. He was known for
his consistent positive attitude and gregarious personality. An active
philanthropist during his playing career, he was honored with two Marvin
Miller Man of the Year Awards and a Lou Gehrig Memorial Award.
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