There's nothing phony about Jim Thome

Eighth member of the exclusive 600-homer club as real a person as you can imagine

Originally Published: August 16, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Jim Thome is no Babe Ruth, because he isn't the most famous human being in the whole United States of America.

Jim Thome isn't Mays or Aaron or Griffey, because he'll never glide through life, acrobatically pulling baseballs out of the sky or unfurling a swing so sweet they should paste it on a sugar packet.

Jim Thome isn't A-Rod or Barry or Slammin' Sammy, because he has never been stained by you-know-what.

So that's the 600-Homer Club, ladies and gentlemen. Seven larger-than-life ...

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