I see Jim Thome has re-signed with the Twins for one more season.
I have a bunch of soft spots for the former Tribe first sacker.
First, when my first league started to play with the rules, for we started a strict AL-only format with a three-man reserve squad and three special reserve moves per season. But, after a couple of seasons, we expanded the reserve list, and allowed the freezing of minor league players.
Thome was amongst my corps of first minor leaguers, back in 1990, along with Phil Plantier and Tim Naehring.
Second, Thome has always been a throwback. With his sanitary hose hiked way up high, and his thick arms and body and power. He reminds me a lot of guys like Ted Kluzewski and Rocky Bridges: guys who just went out and quietly did their jobs.
Finally, he's coming off a terrific year of .283-25-59, over 276 at-bats, with 60 walks to 82 whiffs, which spells out a monster 1.039 OPS (.412 OBP, .627 SLG) 2010. In fact, his Strat-O-Matic card will truly be the best card of the lot, I am guessing.
If Thome can repeat half of his 2010 as a part-time DH and pinch hitter, it means 12 homers, and that means a career total of 601 homers, a goal which I hope he makes.
It couldn't happen to a better throwback.