Mr. 600

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Last night with his 10th and 11th Home Run of the season, the Minnesota Twins’ Jim Thome became the eighth player in Major League history to hit 600 Home Runs.  Throughout his 21 year, five team career, Thome has been lauded as one of the “good guys” because no one has ever suspected him of using performance enhancing drugs, unlike most of the recent members that have joined the exclusive 600 Home Run club.  Even though Thome has been splitting time this season at DH, his power hasn’t totally fizzled out just yet.  Thome has the second highest slugging percentage (.497) among DHs this season.  Check out Thome’s batting statistics compared to the rest of his Minnesota teammates.

While his Game Appearances per Home Run is almost two full games higher (5.82) in 2011 than his career average (4.09), expect Thome to knock a few more out of the park this season and come close to catching Sammy Sosa for seventh place all time at 609.

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