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After signing a one year deal worth $1.5M in January of 2010, Thome had a wonderful season. He was initially used as just a bench bat and an occasional designated hitter (DH). When former MVP first baseman Justin Morneau's season ended early due to a concussion, Thome's at-bats increased as he would take over the DH role for the rest of the season. Thome put up exceptional numbers in his 276 at bats as he hit .283 with a team-leading 25 home runs.
The future Hall of Famer, Jim Thome, will return for his 21st season in 2011 after signing a one year deal worth $3M one month ago. Thome will most likely be used as a bench bat once again but will probably see more time as a DH than most people think.
Thome is just 11 home runs away from being part of the "600 Home Runs Club" and just 20 behind Sammy Sosa for 7th all-time.
Bold Prediction: At 40 years of age, Jim Thome will crush 24 home runs in 2011 and take over the No. 7 spot in home run history.
Thome is one of the best players to ever play the game of baseball and one of the best people in the game. I hope this one turns out to be 100 percent accurate.