The news filtered out to welcoming fans who can’t wait to see Thome in a Phillies uniform in 2012. It’s been announced tonight that Jim Thome will indeed join the Phillies next season. As much as they would like to get younger, the Phillies added a veteran that has power, and that could be a good thing.
JIm Thome will probably wrap up his career in Philadelphia after this season, he was with the Phillies for only three years from 2003 through 2005, but Phillies fans grasped onto his work ethic and good humor and generally like what they saw from Thome.
Jim Thome was supposed to lead the Phillies to greatness upon their move from Veteran’s Stadium to Citizen’s Bank Park but it just didn’t work out that way and Thome was traded off after hitting 47 HR’s in 2003 and 42 in 2004 for the Phillies, and then in 2005, Thome was injured and only played 59 games in a Phillies uniform in his final year of of $35M deal with the Phillies. From the Phillies, Jim Thome signed a $60M deal for 4 years with the White Sox.
2012 will be the 22nd season that Jim Thome has played professional baseball. With the Phillies, Thome had put up some monster numbers in the mid-2000’s but I don’t think anyone is expecting that greatness from him this season. Thome put up 15 HR and 50 RBI in a combined 93 appearances in games split between the Twins and Indians last season.
Maybe bringing Jim Thome to the Phillies is more about bringing some experience and some clubhouse direction to the club. The signing caught a lot of people by surprise and it’s something that wasn’t done to have Thome take a leading role in this team, but a chance for him to finish out his career in Philly and of course help us get further into a position to win another championship. We’ll see.