It is not a stretch to say that, even though he hasn’t played a game for them in over six years, Jim Thome had a lot to do with the transition of the Phillies from “sometimes-rans” to the perennial NL power they have become.
So, since he launched his 599th and 600th career home runs Monday, we thought we’d take a statistical look at his career, from a Phillies perspective:
♦ He played just 2½ seasons for the Phillies, but is 24th on their all-time home run list (96).
♦ He hit career home runs 335 through 430 as a Phil, including No. 400, on June 14, 2004, against the Reds (circling bases at right).
♦ He homered once every 3.76 games as a Phil, the highest percentage of any of his five career franchises.
♦ He is the only member of the 600-homer club to win just one league home-run title, and he did that as a Phillie in his first season here (2003). His 47 round-trippers is tied for fourth on the Phillies’ single-season list.
♦ His only career home run against the Phillies came on June 19, 2010. His ninth-inning, two-run center-field blast ignited a five-run rally in which the Twins overcame a 9-4 deficit en route to a 13-10, 11-inning victory.
♦ Finished fourth in balloting for the 2003 NL MVP (behind Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Gary Sheffield), his highest showing.
♦ Of the five teams he has played with, the Phils are the only one for whom he did not appear in the postseason. (Perhaps the baseball gods would care to correct that injustice over the next 15 days.)
♦ Belted 28 home runs at Veterans Stadium in its final season (2003), a club record.
♦ Homered in the first inning of the very first game at Citizens Bank Park (an April 3, 2004, exhibition), depositing one into Section 205 against his former team, the Cleveland Indians.
♦ Homered in the first inning of his first game in his first spring training with the Phillies (Feb. 27, 2003).