Jim Thome hits #600

Jim Thome hit the 600th home run of his career last night against the Detroit Tigers.

The 40-year-old Minnesota slugger hit a two-run homer in the 6th inning for No. 599 off of Rick Porcello and then hit a three-run shot in the 7th off of Daniel Schlereth.

Both homers were hit to the opposite field. His 65 home runs against Detroit are his most against any team.

The 500-Homer Club

Rk Player HR From To AB
1 Barry Bonds* 762 1986 2007 9847
2 Hank Aaron 755 1954 1976 12364
3 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 8399
4 Willie Mays 660 1951 1973 10881
5 Ken Griffey 630 1989 2010 9801
6 Alex Rodriguez* 626 1994 2011 9131
7 Sammy Sosa* 609 1989 2007 8813
8 Jim Thome 600 1991 2011 8167
9 Frank Robinson 586 1956 1976 10006
10 Mark McGwire* 583 1986 2001 6187
11 Harmon Killebrew 573 1954 1975 8147
12 Rafael Palmeiro* 569 1986 2005 10472
13 Reggie Jackson 563 1967 1987 9864
14 Manny Ramirez* 555 1993 2011 8244
15 Mike Schmidt 548 1972 1989 8352
16 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 8102
17 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 8134
18 Frank Thomas 521 1990 2008 8199
19 Willie McCovey 521 1959 1980 8197
20 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 7706
21 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 9421
22 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 8537
23 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 9456
24 Gary Sheffield 509 1988 2009 9217
25 Eddie Murray 504 1977 1997 11336
Rk Player HR From To AB
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From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (a great newspaper, by the way):

THOME’S 600TH BY THE NUMBERS

Some facts and figures surrounding Jim Thome‘s 600th home run:

1

Player who hit 600 homers in fewer at-bats than Thome’s 8,167. Babe Ruth did it in 6,921.

1

Player — Thome — who hit Nos. 599 and 600 in consecutive at-bats. It was his 48th multihomer game.

40

Thome’s age, making him the oldest player to hit 600. Sammy Sosa was 38 when he hit 600 in 2008.

60

Homers by Thome on Mondays.

65

Thome’s homers vs. Detroit, his most against any team.

7

Players who have hit more homers than Thome.

4

Players not implicated for using performance-enhancing drugs who have more homers than Thome. Those implicated are Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Sosa.

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12

Walkoff homers

9

Homers off Rick Reed, Thome’s favorite victim. He hit 8 off of Roger Clemens and 7 so far off of Justin Verlander.

He also has hit 9 grand slams.

335/265

335 were hit wherever he hung his hat and called home

486/114

Number 599 was the 486th off a righty, number 600 was the 114th off of a lefty

502/46/2

Last night marked the 46th two-homer game in Thome’s career, he’s had two three-homer games.

0

Thome faced Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley five times, Nolan Ryan five times, and Goose Gossage once going 1-for-10, with two RBI, five strikeouts, one walk and no homers.