Jim Thome is going home, after finding a home in Minnesota.
The Twins agreed to trade Thome to Cleveland after he cleared waivers on Thursday. The Twins will receive a player to be named later no later than October 15th.
Although Thome’s time in Minnesota was brief, it was memorable. He only hit 37 of his 600 career home runs in a Twins uniform, but in the short period of time he was here, he had some memorable home runs, and a few taters.
All of his home runs seemed to come at important times, and home run 596 just happened to be the longest home run in Target Field history, a 490 foot tater way, WAY up into the upper deck in right center field…which broke his previous Target Field record of 480 feet, which he mashed off the right field flag pole last September. He also hold the record for the longest home run at Progressive Field, his new old home.
And of course, there was career home run #600, which occurred in Detroit last week, a game in which he also hit career homer #599.
Farewell, Jim. Good luck, and I hope you get a ring with the Indians.