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Now that Thome is a home run shy of Frank Robinson on the all-time list and, at 40 years-old, seeing a resurgence in Minnesota, I'm ready to put him in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
I know, I know...I've said this in the past:
His home run total, while incredible, will not be as eye popping five years after Thome's retirement. Basically, we’ve got a guy who smacked the Hell out of the ball, but was never the most dominant, much less feared, player of his era.And because of that, he'll get lost in the mix.
And, while I still believe it (to an extent)...I'll gladly eat my words. I'm ready to take the heat.
So, to the chimps over at Baseball Think Factory...bring it on. I can take it.
Oh...did you see his home run Monday night? Christ.