The Top 10 Greatest Cleveland Indians of All-Time: No. 6 Jim Thome

Jim Thome cracks the list at number six. Jim Thome was selected by the Tribe in the 1989 draft. Thome then made his debut with the Tribe in 1991, which also was the same year that Manny Ramirez made his debut. Jim Thome would become one of the most famed and beloved Cleveland athletes of all-time. Thome would be a key cog in the offensive juggernaut of the famed 90s teams. Thome had cheat-code power that would leave Tribe fans in amazement. Thome finished as the Tribe’s all-time leader in homers with (337), second in RBI (937) and first in walks (1008).

Some of his most memorable homers came at Jacobs Field. But like the rest of his famed 90s teammates, tough losses in the ’95 & ’97 World Series’ has eluded them from being ranked among the greats. But those tough World Series losses did not put a damper on some of the most memorable moments Thome had in his career in Cleveland.

Some memorable moments include his 508′ tape measure shot he hit against the Royals that left the ballpark and just so happens to be where Thome’s statue now stands. His upper deck blast against the Mariners in the ’95 ALCS. He would hit another bomb in that ’95 postseason only this time it would come in the World Series against the Braves. Thome would have a two-homer game against the Red Sox in the 1999 ALDS.

Jim Thome would finish his career with 612 home runs, 1699 RBI and 2,328 hits. One of the nicest guys you would’ve ever met and will be bound for Cooperstown in the near future.

 

Memorable Moments:

Longest Homer in Jacobs Field History

Upper Deck Homer against the Mariners in the ALCS

Mammoth shot in Game 5 of the World Series against the Braves

All-Time Leader in HR’s

 

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