Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jim Thome's Triple-Triple

Jim Thome's Triple-Triple

Jim Thome's Triple-Triple

Thome is the only player in history to hit his 300th (Indians), 400th (Phillies), 500th (White Sox) and 600th (Twins) career home runs for different clubs. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
Thome is the only player in history to hit his 300th (Indians), 400th (Phillies), 500th (White Sox) and 600th (Twins) career home runs for different clubs. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

When Jim Thome clubbed his fourth home run of the season Sunday (right), he became just the fourth player to reach triple digits in four-baggers for three different teams. (Those four players and their career home runs are broken down by team below.)

Some other Thome homer things to consider:

♦ Thome is the only player in history to hit his 300th (Indians), 400th (Phillies), 500th (White Sox) and 600th (Twins) career home runs for different clubs.

♦ He was the eighth player to reach the 600-homer mark, but he did it in fewer at-bats (8,167) than anybody not named Babe Ruth (6,921).

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♦ He needs just two more home runs to pass Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the all-time list. That would be cool since Mike Schmidt finished his Phillies career seventh on the all-time list.

           JIM THOME               ALEX RODRIGUEZ       REGGIE JACKSON       DARRELL EVANS   
608 639 563 414
Indians 337 Yankees 294 Athletics 269 Giants 142
White Sox 134 Mariners 189 Yankees 144 Tigers 141
Phillies 100 Rangers 156 Angels 123 Braves 131
Twins   37     Orioles   27    
Dodgers   0            
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