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On Monday night, Jim Thome of the Minnesota Twins hit two home runs against the Detroit Tigers - making him just the eighth person in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 home runs and making him a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame.

The other members of the exclusive 600 home run club: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.
KC's View:
Actually, I would argue that there are only four other members of the club - Aaron, Ruth, Mays, and Griffey. The rest have had their accomplishments diminished by the use of steroids (and, if I had a vote, would never go to the Hall of Fame).

BTW...I got the following email yesterday from MNB user Jeff Reinartz:

Being the baseball nut you are, Kevin, I'm surprised you mentioned nothing about Jim Thome, one of the classiest, nicest guys in all of sports, becoming the eighth player in major league history to hit 600 homers last night.

Actually, being Thome was doing it out here in the sticks, hardly anybody in the mainstream media paid any attention, so you're no different than the rest of them really. When Jeter was nearing 3,000 hits, on the other hand, that's all we heard about from the start of the season, and if I'm not mistaken you mentioned it the next day in your MNB Sports Desk section.

They were saying on the post game show that roughly 17,500 people have played major league baseball, and only eight have hit 600 homers. .0005% That's a noteworthy accomplishment no matter how many people live in the market you play in.


Jeff is absolutely right on this. I didn’t ignore Thome’s achievement ... I knew about it, but it just slipped by me on Tuesday morning.