Cleveland Indians: Jim Thome elected to Baseball HOF

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custom Corey Kluber Jerseys Seventy-five percent of the vote is required for enshrinement.

He is the 29th player to wear a Cleveland Indians uniform to earn induction. Before Thome, only 12 of those players played more games with the Indians than any other team.

Thome made the Hall on his first ballot. The Pride of Peoria belted 612 homers, eighth all-time in MLB history. He drove in 1,299 runs and walked 1,747 times (seventh all-time) during a 22-year career.

His 337 homers in a Tribe uniform are the most in Indians history.

Thome was a 13th round draft pick of the Tribe in 1989. He got his first big-league at bat in 1991 at the age of 20.

He played with the Indians through 2002, when he accepted a six year, $85 million free-agent offer from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Thome never saw the end of that contract in the City of Cheap Jerseys Brotherly love. Hampered by back injuries coinciding with the emergence of Ryan Howard, the Phillies traded Thome to White Sox after the 2005 season.

Thome returned to the Tribe in 2011, in a well publicized “Thomecoming.” He was immortalized at Progressive Field during the 2014 season, when a statue of Thome was constructed on the spot of one of Thome’s most memorably home-run shots.

While Thome’s induction is joyous, the day didn’t pass without the bittersweet news that Omar Vizquel will not be joining his former teammate on stage.
Vizquel, who was also making his first appearance on the ballot, didn’t get the required 75 percent. Although it’s not official, Vizquel garnered more than 5 percent of the vote, meaning he’ll be back on the ballot next year. Most notably, fellow teammates Kenny Lofton and Albert Belle never made it to a second ballot, which is a black eye on the election process.