Phillies First Baseman Jim Thome Hasn’t Traveled With a Glove in Five Years

Video via David Hale of the Wilmington News Journal

I don’t know why, but I’m getting more ansty about the 2012 season each day.

Chase Utley’s knee may have fallen off. Ryan Howard experienced a setback. And the man who will spend time filling in for The Big Piece, Gentleman Jim Thome, hasn’t traveled with a baseball glove for the past, oh, half a decade.

Speaking to reporters today following a few innings at first base during a minor league game, Thome was asked if he even carried a glove during his time as a DH in the American League:

"I didn’t. No. No. No, because I was always told I was just the DH. Not that I wouldn’t have went out and done it, I just never have done it." 

Did the Phillies need to order you some?

"I had a bunch of [gloves] still left, so…"



Thome fielded a chopper cleanly, but fell over like an awkward puppy pawing at a beach ball on the lone ground ball that was sent his way (:40 mark).

He played one game at first base with the White Sox in 2007, and three games in 2006.

Thankfully, we have a long way to go before the season starts.


10 Responses

  1. I’d rather thome playing 1st everyday over nose. Hopefully char can squeeze out 6 innings a game out of old man thome

  2. Long way?! or 22 days… I’m not panicking but I’m getting a little concerned.

  3. Mayberry and Wigginton will get the majority of the games that Howard misses. I’d call this a slight overreaction. Matt Stairs couldn’t play a lick in the field – that turned out okay, didn’t it?

  4. If Mayberry and Wigginton are playing first, who is playing LF. Nix, another multi-year, wrong side of 30 signing by our dynamite GM, is now hurt.

  5. They can’t both play first, genius. Mayberry will see LF in those spots where Nix is unavailable or if they are facing lefties.

  6. I was under the impression that the plan is a platoon in LF with Mayberry and Nix. Nix is out, which means Mayberry is the everyday LF, Wigginton the 1B man, and ocassionally Thome plays.
    That is a pretty scary propostion, we have no idea if Mayberry is ready for every day, Wigginton has not been an everyday player since 2008, and Thome is NOT an everyday player.
    I am concerned also.

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