SoDo Mojo’s Hall of Fame Ballot Series, Part 2
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Ballot Choice #2: Jim Thome
Until Bonds, Sosa and A-Rod tainted the rarefied air of 600 career home runs by injecting their butts with banned performance enhancements, that number was an automatic ticket into the Hall of Fame. Period.
Although he played in the same era, Thome’s name has never, ever been linked to that shameful period in baseball’s history. Since clean-as-a-whistle Ken Griffey Jr. got in, there’s absolutely no reason Thome shouldn’t make it as well. Among his array of impressive stats, Thome’s 612 homers, 1699 RBIs and a career OBS of .956 (by comparison, Junior’s was .907) close the deal in my book.
At 93.7% as of this writing, Thome’s a lock to get in.