Jim Thome and HOF selection

Posted: August 16, 2011 in MLB

 

The news item right now is Jim Thome joining the 600 HR club, the 8th member to do so. It is quite a milestone and has ignited debate about his HOF credentials.

This is very very easy to decide.  Thome is NOT a HOFer precisely because you have to make the case for his entry.  It is NOT the Hall of Very Good but the Hall of Fame. If there is a any hesitation on a player’s bona fides then that alone settles the argument.

There are certain players as soon as you hear the name, you know they are going in.  Jim Thome has been resilient and kept his body together and that’s admirable but not Hall-worthy.

He’s 40 years old and just joined the 600 HR club. C’mon son!

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