Originally written August 27, 2013 on MyTeamRivals.com:
Today is the birthday of longtime MLB 1B and AL DH Jim Thome. He turns 43 and is likely not returning to baseball after last appearing for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. Thome ranks as one of the quietest run producers in the history of MLB. Some of it has to do with his career being during the height of the steroids era. Two arguments can be made considering Thome’s career. One would include the assumption he used because he played when he did. Another would give him the benefit of the doubt because he was never implicated. Before I handle each side of this discussion, lets look at Thome’s career numbers. Thome played 22 seasons in the big leagues, from 1991-2012. He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1991-2002, 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies from 2003-2005, 2012, the Chicago White Sox from 2006-2009, the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009, the Minnesota Twins in 2010 and 2011 and the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. He played in the postseason for the Indians in 1995-1999, 2001, the ...
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