As Jim Thome's 500th career home run dawns on us, we can begin to(I'm sure many of us already have) discuss his hall of fame credentials. Is he a hall of famer? What makes him one if he is, and what will keep him out if he isnt accepted. I've already made up my mind, go ahead and decide for yourself.
When Thome does hit his 500th home run, he will join only Mark Mcgwire as the only players in the club with less then 2,000 career hits. He will also be second lowest in at bats as well, once again to Mcgwire. The only players with in the club with less games played will be Mcgwire and A-rod. Enough already, I think he's proven he's done it pretty quick in terms of time on the field.
His "counting" stats arent too shabby either. Up to this point, he's amassed 1323 career runs, 1385 career rbi's, 499 home runs, 3,824 total bases, and 1450 career walks. He also is a member of that distinguished 2,000 strikeout club, but hell, home run hitters strike out alot. Some people might not call these numbers hall worthy, as he will be 5th lowest in runs scored among the 500 home run club, and get this, dead last in rbi's. You can expect him to climb the ladder by squeezing in a couple more productive seasons, we'll see how much he's got left later I suppose.
The reason I believe Thome is a hall of famer, as many people may believe the same thing, is his ability to create runs and hit among the leagues best whenever he is healthy. His "counting" stats may not be overwhelming, but this guy has struggled through injuries many times during his career. I have two favorite Jim Thome stats. They are obp and slugging pct. He has a .409 career obp, good enough for 17th all time. Along with a .563 slugging average, good enough for 16th all time, you have quite a dominant ballplayer. His career ops is .971, overwhelmingly high in that catergory as well.
Jim Thome's baseball card stats seem to make him a borderline hall of famer. But a closer look at the stats that really matter assure Jim Thome a spot in baseball's most hallowed halls. See you at his induction