Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thome's 13

Jim Thome's major-league record 13 walk-off home runs.

Thome's 13

Jim Thome lifted the Phillies over the Rays with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
Jim Thome lifted the Phillies over the Rays with a pinch-hit, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

When Jim Thome blasted his 609th home run into the left field bleachers Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, it was his 13th career walk-off home run. He had been tied with five pretty fair players — Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson — for the major-league record at 12.

Thome's 13 walk-off homers (including links to videos for the last four) are listed below.

(We'll have another BoopStat on Jim Thome posted Monday morning.)


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♦ Four of his walk-off homers have come in June.

♦ Four of the 13 have come with his team losing.

♦ How cool is it that his career 500th homer was a walk-off? Fittingly enough, it was against the Angels, whom he has gotten for four of the 13.

♦ The Angels' Troy Percival has watched Thome blast a walk-off from the mound twice.

♦ Saturday's game-winner was his first off the (Tampa Bay) Rays, although he did touch the Brewers' Ray King in June of 2001.

♦ He had five walk-off homers (of 59 total) in a season-and-a-half span covering all of 2000 and the first half of 2001.

Date No. Team Opponent Pitcher Score Inn. Outs ROB
June 15, 1994   18 Indians Blue Jays Scott Brow 3-  3 13th   1   0
June 7, 1995   40 Indians Tigers Brian Maxcy 2-  2 10th   0   0
April 10, 1998 134 Indians Angels Troy Percival 5-  5 10th   2   2
April 16, 2000 201 Indians Rangers John Wetteland 1-  1   9th   1   0
Aug. 4, 2000 225 Indians Angels Troy Percival 9-10   9th   1   1
April 21, 2001 235 Indians Tigers Todd Jones 3-  4 11th   1   1
June 13, 2001 251 Indians Brewers Ray King 2-  2 10th   1   2
July 7, 2001 259 Indians Cardinals Dave Veres 6-  6 10th   0   0
July 28, 2002 313 Indians Tigers Juan Acevedo 5-  6   9th   1   3
Sept. 16, 2007 500 White Sox Angels Dustin Moseley 7-  7   9th   0   1
Sept. 6, 2008 537 White Sox Angels Justin Speier 6-  6 15th   1   0
Aug. 17, 2010 581 Twins White Sox Matt Thornton 5-  6 10th   0   1
June 23, 2012 609 Phillies Rays Jake McGee 6-  6   9th   0   0
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