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Phillies To Honor Hall Of Famer Jim Thome

The Phillies will honor 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome in a pre-game ceremony on Thursday, June 14, before the club's 1:05 game against the Colorado Rockies.

 

The Phillies will honor 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome in a pre-game ceremony on Thursday, June 14, before the club's 1:05 game against the Colorado Rockies.

 

Thome, widely regarded as one of the best free agent signings in Phillies history, spent parts of four seasons (2003-05, 2012) with the Phillies, batting .260 with 101 home runs, 281 RBI and a .925 OPS. Off the field, Thome won one of his two Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards as a Phillie, given annually to a major league player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire other to a higher level of achievement. He was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2016.

 

"Jim's signing ushered in a new era of Phillies baseball," said Executive Vice President David Buck. "He had an immediate connection with our fanbase and gave our franchise a renewed level of respectability. Jim's election to the Hall of Fame was always a matter of 'when' not 'if' and we are excited to be able to honor him for that historic achievement."

 

The ceremony will take place on the 14th anniversary of Thome's milestone 400th career home run. He remains the only player in major league history to hit his 300th (Cleveland Indians), 400th (Phillies), 500th (Chicago White Sox) and 600th (Minnesota Twins) home runs with different teams.

           

Thome's wife, Andrea, and their two children - Lila and Landon - will also be on hand for the celebration with his daughter, Lila, performing the National Anthem.

 

A veteran of 22 major league seasons, Thome finished his career with a .276 batting average, 612 home runs, 1,699 RBI, 1,747 walks and a .956 OPS in 2,543 games for the Cleveland Indians (1991-2002, 2011), Phillies, Chicago White Sox (2006-09), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009), Minnesota Twins (2010-11) and Baltimore Orioles (2012).

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