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.

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  • 3 Finger Lenny March 12, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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

  • OneManWolfpack March 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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

  • Coke Freak March 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This team should get its own group rate for AARP.

  • Charlie Brown March 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    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?

  • Get Rube A Beer March 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Does anyone else feel like Andy Reid is running this team?

  • Bev March 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    ^ no

  • Coke Freak March 12, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    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.

  • Charlie Brown March 12, 2012 at 10:28 pm

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

  • Spanish Jose March 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

    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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