Yesterday, Jim Thome hit a home run, just his eighth of the year. But more importantly, it was career home run number 597. Thome is now three home runs shy of becoming just the fifth “clean” player to ever hit 600 home runs in his career. But will he run out of time?
So far this season, Thome is hitting a home run about once every 19 at bats. But so far this season, Thome only has 151 at bats in 108 games. And at that pace, with only 54 games remaining, Thome may only have about 75 at bats left this season, or about four more home runs at his current pace.
That’s not a lot of room for error, or injury. And with his declining ability, there is a good chance this is Thome’s last season.
Much like Hank Aaron, Thome’s career was a testament to consistency (below). Neither player ever threatened the single-season home run record. But both players consistently hit 35-45 home runs every year. And at the end, both players hit a brick wall.
But will Thome break through that wall enough to reach 600? We have 54 games to find out.
All data via Baseball-Reference.com
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