Apr 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; A sign in center field at Progressive Field designates the spot where a new Jim Thome (not pictured) statue will stand. Thome hit 337 home runs in 13 years as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Thome to get a statue with Indians


Two years after retiring from active play, Jim Thome is going to be immortalized by the team that started it all for him.

Jordan Bastian, who writes for the Indians at MLB.com, reports that a statue of the big slugger will be revealed on August 2nd at Progressive Field. Thome played for six teams over his extensive 22-year career, but most of his time and his most notable accomplishments came as a member of the Cleveland Indians.

Thome ranks 7th all-time in home runs with 612, but also had a knack for being a patient hitter, having 12 seasons of at least 90 walks, and leading the American League in base-on-balls three times over his career. He is a five-time All-Star and earned a Silver Slugger at third base for Cleveland in 1996.

Over the course of 13 years with the Tribe, Thome played 1,399 games, belted 337 home runs, drove in 937 runs, at batted with a .287/.414/.566 slash line. A former teammate of Thome’s, Omar Vizquel, will be inducted into the Indians’ Hall of Fame later this year as well.

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  • Brian Huth

    Thome does NOT deserve a statue! He’s a POS who lied to the fans when he left. Why the organization is building a statue for this idiot is beyond me. He’s a man with no loyalty, yet here we are building a statue. SMH…

  • Gary

    He was a loyal player for 13 years. Like all athletes, they eventually move on. Anyone would change jobs if it meant more money. It’s all a business. Any sport.`

  • http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews Ray Tapajna

    We have special art renditions of Jim Thome in a Cleveland, Phillies, Chicago and in a Minnesota Twins uniform where he hit his 600th. Images are also available on 5×7 greeting cards where you can add
    a message or description of your pursuits and on mobile phone cases. See http://ray-tapajna-artistwebsites.com – Note Sports Art Gallery also includes Omar Vizquel, Robby Alomar, Manny Ramirez and
    Travis Hafner, the Pronk