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Jim Thome is embarrassing himself and the team is suffering because of him


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Jim Thome is a great team player and still has hits and HR's in him. He is a veteran who loves the game and will help all of the players. He has plenty of experience and been to the playoffs. If Buck stays around for awhile I can see him being added as a coach down the road if Thome is interested. Maybe a hitting coach? He works the counts in most of his at bats and homered on a 3-2 pitch. He now has 610 homeruns. I think he can easily add another 15-20 homeruns this season. They mentioned something about needing 21 more to pass Ken Griffey, Jr for #6 and 51 more to pass Willie Mays for #4 at 661. He is currently#7 all-time. His HR tonight was pulled to right and went 418 feet. He doesn't hit cheap HR's The right field flag court has got to make his eyes light up. He has a chance to really add to his totals and help the Orioles in the future. He is 8-22 with 3 doubles and 1 HR in his last 5 games. He's not embarrassing himself.

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OOOI've said before that the reason why I didn't like the Thome acquisition was not necessarily because I thought that he would hurt the team ........ I thought that he was still a pretty good hitter, even though he's past his prime. The reason was that I thought that we had much more pressing needs at starting pitching and at 3rd base. I thought that the acquisition of Thome was essentially a lateral step.

However, one of our pressing, glaring needs lately has been offense, too. And Thome's veteran presence day in and day out in the lineup just might take some pressure off of some of the others who are struggling and (perhaps) pressing too hard in an effort to try to break their slumps. So, maybe Dan Duquette knows what he's doing a lot more than I do. :o

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Jim Thome is a great team player and still has hits and HR's in him. He is a veteran who loves the game and will help all of the players. He has plenty of experience and been to the playoffs. If Buck stays around for awhile I can see him being added as a coach down the road if Thome is interested. Maybe a hitting coach? He works the counts in most of his at bats and homered on a 3-2 pitch. He now has 610 homeruns. I think he can easily add another 15-20 homeruns this season. They mentioned something about needing 21 more to pass Ken Griffey, Jr for #6 and 51 more to pass Willie Mays for #4 at 661. He is currently#7 all-time. His HR tonight was pulled to right and went 418 feet. He doesn't hit cheap HR's The right field flag court has got to make his eyes light up. He has a chance to really add to his totals and help the Orioles in the future. He is 8-22 with 3 doubles and 1 HR in his last 5 games. He's not embarrassing himself.

I think the bolded statement is pretty overstated. That would be asking him to be one of the premier power hitters in all of baseball. He is a breath of fresh air as far as plate approach is concerned, but I think that is a little too optimistic.

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I doubt Thome is going on a 15-20 HR tear as section18 hopes. In fact, I'd be shocked. But if you look at Eddie Murray's contribution to the Orioles in 1996, that is essentially what we are hoping for. I've stated my reasons (similar to OFFNY's) why I didn't like the trade, but that doesn't mean I want to be right. If Thome gives us a .350+ OBP and hits 10-12 homers he'll have done what I hoped.

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