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In a league marked by scandal, gambling and steroids, there are few players in baseball that are truly good role models.
As I grew up Jim Thome was the guy I looked up to.
He did things the right way. He was always smiling and laughing, enjoying the game of baseball the way it should be enjoyed.
When steroids became a major problem in baseball, Thome's name never came up. Not once.
While watching SportsCenter this evening, I heard a specific word over and over again: ambassador. Thome was, and continues to be, an ambassador for the game of baseball. He is the most classy and nicest player in the game today, and is a guy that represents Major League Baseball the way that Major League Baseball wants to be represented.
Thome is a guy that Major League Baseball should be proud to put in the Hall of Fame. For as many people as they've kept out for their wrong-doings, Thome is a guy they should be rushing in for all that he did right.