The 41-year-old designated hitter signed on with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday for one last season to the tune of $1.25 million, his second reunion with a former team after leaving the Minnesota Twins last season in August to end the year with the Cleveland Indians, the club he began his career with in 1991. Of course, he must pass a physical first.
Jim Jam joined the 600 Home Run Club this season with the Twins, but that group of sucktards was not going to get him anywhere near a World Series, the only thing missing from his illustrious two-decade Hall of Fame career.
Thome played in Philadelphia from 2003-05, and has remained buddies with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who was his hitting coach back in Cleveland. In fact, he refers to Chawley as his "second father."
The Phils, who were eliminated in the first round division series by the reigning champion St. Louis Cardinals, wouldn't say no to a little power from the left side of the plate, but where Jimmers will play the field is a mystery. Cause he's old as hell and has some serious back problems. Aside from an appearance at third base for the Indians in his finale at Progressive Field this season just for fun, Thome has managed to avoid any sort of defense since 2007. I suppose he could always play first in the absence of Ryan Howard, who's recovering from surgery on his left Achilles.
Everyone's favorite ballplayer has a .277 career batting average with 604 taters and 1,674 RBI. Welcome back, Jim Jam. Here's to at least a couple more Dugouts next season.
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