Jim Thome to DL, Phillies Recall Erik Kratz

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Checking in on the Jim Thome experiment…

Today it was announced that he will head to the 15-day DL with a bad back. Because he’s old. He'll be replaced by catcher Erik Kratz.

Look, I have no interest in saying anything bad about gentlemen Jim. But it’s not going well. He’s 2-for-18 with no extra base hits and 10 strike outs. Those are facts. 

He’s been leaned on heavily in Ryan Howard’s absence, so he can’t really be blamed for, you know, not performing like a starting Major League first baseman. He’s in the twilight (the extended-cut?) of his career and still possesses enough of a power (or sac fly) threat to keep around on the bench, provided he’s healthy. Which he’s not.

This isn’t meant to bash Jim, but more-so to point out that maybe, just maybe, the somewhat sentimental signing shouldn’t have been the Phillies' second biggest move of the offseason.

Of course, if Thome goes yard in Game 4 of the NLCS, then Rube is a genius. A fucking genius, I tell you.


11 Responses

  1. Clearly the Jim Thome experiment has not been a rousing success, and things aren’t going to improve as Father Time has his foot firmly on Gentleman Jim’s neck and isn’t about let go. I predict that in a month or so, Thome, having read the writing on the wall, will announce his retirement, thus sparing Ruben Amaro the pain (not to mention the potential shitstorm from sentimental Phils fans) of having to release him as it’s pretty obvious Thome simply can’t help this team.

  2. All he needs is a Matt Stairs moment and he’s a living legend around here.

  3. the pride of your Christopher Dock Mennonite High School Pioneers. Good to see a local product up with the club.

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  5. truly believe he just needs AB’s … he was pretty decent last year at the plate.
    hopefully it works out, one of my fav players ever
    Beez Nutz

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