For a guy who will go down in history as one of the most patient hitters ever to pick up a bat, currently ranking eighth in career walks, Jim Thome seemed to be in a hurry to get to a milestone. Blasts in back-to-back plate appearances against the Tigers made Thome the eighth player to reach 600 career home runs. But does that make him one of the greatest sluggers of all time? Rank 'Em: Who rules the 600-HR club?
Will Cooperstown call quickly?
Every player with 600 home runs who appeared on a Hall of Fame ballot reached Cooperstown on the first try. Then again, that list currently consists of Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Babe Ruth.
What's in a label?
What do you think of when you think of Jim Thome? It probably isn't that he's eighth in career walks or second in strikeouts, but is it his slugging?
Is 600 bigger than 3,000?
If you go by scarcity, eight members of the 600-HR club trumps 28 members of the 3,000-hit club. But has the homer's stature taken a big enough hit to overcome that math?