By Jack Ryan
The Phillies are making sure that Jim Thome gets his just desserts:
A plaque on the team’s Wall of Fame!
The fan favorite first baseman will be inducted on Friday, Aug. 12 before the Phillies’ game against the Rockies.
“It is extremely humbling and gratifying to be given this honor by the great fans of Philadelphia,” Thome said in a statement. “I always enjoyed playing here, and to join the generations of Phillies greats on the wall is just so special.”
Thome had two different stints with the Phillies, 2003 to 2005 and 2012. When he arrived as a free agent the first time, the addition was about more than just power. It also represented the Phillies’ willingness to spend and compete. It gave a young team confidence.
In his first season with the Phils, Thome led the majors with 47 home runs. The next year, he hit 42. In Year 3, he wasn’t healthy and hit just .207 with seven homers in 59 games. After that 2005 season, Thome was traded to the White Sox for Aaron Rowand and Gio Gonzalez in a move that enabled the Phillies to open up a spot at first base for Ryan Howard.