Jim Thome: Is the of Hall of Fame in His Foreseeable Future?

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIJuly 18, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 10: Jim Thome #25 of the Minnesota Twins hits a two-run homer against the Jerry Blevins #13 of the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning of their game on April 10, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Athletics defeated the Twins 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome is now in his 21st MLB season, and he has been a formidable presence at the plate for five different teams. But is he a Hall of Famer?

It's a hard call at this point. He has 596 home runs (good enough for eighth on the all-time list) and is a five-time All-Star considered to be one of the best power hitters of this era. 

I think he's going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but it's far from a lock. Let's take a look at some of his numbers.

He has a .558 career slugging percentage and a .404 on-base percentage.

But he is second on the all-time list of strikeouts by a batter, and is currently leading that category for active players. 

Every player so far that's retired as a part of the 600 home run club is currently in the Hall of Fame. 

Jim Thome will get there—but it probably won't happen on his first try.

Do most casual fans know who Jim Thome is? No.

Did Jim Thome ever win a World Series? No.

However, only seven players have hit more home runs than Thome, and that is something no one can ever take away from him. He only has a one-year contract with the Twins now, but I'm sure he'll play a couple more years of solid baseball.

He'll only continue to climb on the home-run list, and cement his name into baseball history even further.

Do you think Jim Thome is a lock for the Hall of Fame? Or is he going to bounce around for a couple of years before he finally gets in?