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Running Off At The Electronic Mouth, No. XXIV

I like to post stuff on here that amuses me and nothing has made me laugh more this week — insultingly so — than this question: Is Jim Thome a Hall of Famer?

Hmm …. eighth player in history to hit 600 home runs.

Eighth-most walks of any player behind only Mantle, Yaz, Morgan, Williams, Ruth, Rickey and Bonds.

Fifteen complete seasons with a slugging percentage of at least .500. Only Gehrig, Foxx, Manny, Musial, Ruth, Williams, Aaron and Bonds have more.

Ten complete seasons with at least a .400 on-base percentage, equal with Greenberg, Cochrane, Anson, Gehringer and Wagner. There’s a reason why all of these players can be identified by just one half of their name.

Thome has a career WAR of 71.5. Forty-five HOF-eligible players have a higher mark and just three of them aren’t in the Hall. Those players would be turn-of-the-20th-century shortstop Bill Dahlen; Jeff Bagwell, who has a pretty good case for induction; Pete Rose, who did that thing with the money thing.

My favorite stat: Thome joins Ruth and Bonds as the only two players with more than 600 homers and 1,700 walks.

And maybe most importantly today, no plausible steroid accusations.

But he’s been a designated hitter for too long! Wasn’t a problem for HOF supporters of Paul Molitor.

But he strikes out too much! Seemed to be overlooked when Reggie Jackson’s name came up.

But he never won an MVP Award! Then you need to evict a bunch of players from the Hall, including Eddie Mathews. In fact, Eddie Mathews finished in the top-15 in the MVP voting four times. Thome has done him two better.

The problem with Thome is perception. He wasn’t blessed with a ton of athleticism. He is not outstanding with the glove. He isn’t flashy, never talks in the third person and doesn’t get caught in tabloid headlines. He was never considered to be the best player in the game for any length of time.

But the numbers are all there even past the home runs. He’s a no-brainer for the Hall of Fame and the fact that the question is even being asked is indeed insulting.

  • And now that Thome has surpassed 600, you know what that means: condoms, condoms, condoms! Maybe Thome and his wife of nearly 13 years are like rabbits in bed. But I’m pretty sure a reserved family man from the Midwest isn’t going to (AH-hem) blow through that many condoms very quickly. When is Mark Sanchez going to hit 600 home runs??
  • Yahoo’s investigation into the Miami Hurricanes is certainly compelling, earth-shattering stuff, and it’s always hilarious when guys on TV such as Urban Meyer say we should be skeptical about these claims and reports because they are coming from a convicted felon.

Well, yeah. And bank checks, phone records, receipts and confirmation from people who aren’t convicted felons. But let’s be skeptical, totally.

My only question: Were any of these athletes given free cream cheese? That is would be the cherry jam on top of this bagel cake.

  •  Remember when Major League Baseball toughened its steroids standards in 2005, and we were all thinking about the big fish who were going to get caught in its net? And then the first player to violate the rules was Alex Sanchez, he of the six home runs in 1,500 at-bats. That was confusing/surprising/ridiculous.
  • More simple baseball numbers that catch my eye. On Wednesday, The Royals’ Joakim Soria notched a save against the Yankees, but it wasn’t easy. He allowed two hits, two walks, a run and needed 40 pitches to lock it down. That total is tied for the third-most pitches ever needed to record a three-out save since it became an official stat in 1969. Jeff Brantley threw 40 to get a save in 2000. Ryan Dempster threw 41 for a 2005 save. The leader is Todd Jones, who got those final three outs after two hits, two walks, three strikeouts, a home run and 43 pitches against the Rangers.

This is not what the team meant when talking about a possible fire sale.

The Sunday “baseball blaze” is really bringing people into Citi Field. They gotta have that promotion more often.

When you come to a Mets game, you get to see an inferno in the parking lot and a train wreck on the field.

There’s one way to get rid of Jason Bay’s contract.

That fire was extinguished just in time; Francisco Rodriguez was about to pour some gas on it.

The Brewers have won 22 of their last 25 games. They are so hot, they … well … yeah.

  • And finally, two things to watch here: The sweat stain migrate south as the video continues, and how this crazed fan, while going nuts for his favorite 6-on-6 high school football team, clearly doesn’t know how to pronounce the players’ names. And where did he get some of those pictures? Oh, so many questions, so few answers I actually want to know.

    Cactus Jack approves of that final glare. How many times do you really need to say “OUR!” with that much emphasis?

    In my opinion, this next video is funnier because he goes through the team roll call, keeps on screwing up the names and apparently doesn’t understand the positions that make up a football team.  I am sure of this: Ty Bakersmith’s name has been changed forever.


So the next time someone tells you that you are too much of a fan of one team, you just shove this in their face. And don’t forget: DOMINATE! ANNIHILATE! ASSASSINATE!

  1. Jgro
    August 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Thome’s definitely in the Hall. 1st ballot IMO. The only thing that keeps him out is if he’s found out to be dirty. Also, I remember when Generation K was being compared to Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz and the Mets were gonna compete with the Braves. Well, they competed, but not with those fools!

  2. August 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I really like thinking about the “Gen K” days, as fleeting as they were. Of course, the fact that they played for the Mets probably had a lot to do with why those kids were so hyped. If a trio like that played for Indians, for example, it would never have been a big deal.

  3. Jgro
    August 25, 2011 at 12:08 am

    BS! what about when the Indians had C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee, and Fausto Carmona in 2007?

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