His Hall-of-Fame career is nearly done, but there’s one thing missing, a World Series ring
By Cam Cain 11-5-11
Last year, we thought Jim Thome’s career was over when he decided to return to the Indians, the team in which he spent his first 12 seasons. We thought it was nice for him to return to the team where he started his career. Well, it turns out he’s coming back and now in the City of Brotherly Love where he spent 3 seasons from ’03 to ’05.
Who can blame him? There are two things missing from his outstanding career. (You and I both know he’s not winning an MVP anytime soon.) The other is a World Series win. Yes, he’s been very close twice in Cleveland twice (’95 and ’97) but Thome thought that his best chance to win a ring was in Philly. Thome will primarily be a bench player and pinch hitter.
Philadelphia has also shown interest in Minnesota utilityman Michael Cuddyer. The Phils like Cuddyer, a right handed bat, who has spent his first 11 seasons with the Twins. Cuddyer can regularly play any of the three outfield positions as well as the corner infield positions and second base. He will most likely play first with Thome while Ryan Howard is ailing a left achilles injury. Then, he will move to left.
In other news…
Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux has met with the Cubs. He has recently dropped out of the race for the same job in Boston for inconvenience reasons. Sandy Alomar Jr. is interviewing sometime soon.
The Giants and Royals completed a trade in which San Fransisco received Outfielder Melky Cabrera and sent Pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. This was a great trade that filled the needs of both teams, Kansas City’s need of pitchers and overabundance of outfielders, and San Francisco’s desperate lack of hitting with an overabundance of starting pitching. Cabrera had a breakout season, setting career highs in every category besides triples en route to 201 hits, 4th in the American League. Sanchez has never had stellar numbers but he has promise, pitching well in key games as well as a no-hitter under his belt.