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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Phillies player Jim Thome has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Thome’s signing prior to the 2003 season helped launch the Phillies as an attractive free-agent destination. Over parts of four seasons with the team, Thome hit .260 with 101 home runs, 281 RBI and a .925 OPS.
In June, the Phillies honored Thome during a pre-game ceremony in which he threw out the first pitch.
“Today’s a special day for a very special guy,” the Phillies tweeted to commemorate Thome’s accomplishment and importance to the team’s history.
During his incredible career, 21-year long career, Thome recorded 612 home runs.
Forty-seven of those home runs were during his first season with the Phillies.
The soft-spoken Thome is the only person in Major League Baseball history to hit his 300th (Cleveland), 400th (Philadelphia), 500th (Chicago White Sox) and 600th (Minnesota) home runs with different teams.
He was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2016.