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cheeses_h_rice
08-16-2001, 10:41 PM
Is hitting above .300 with 42 HRs now! I never realized he was swinging such a hot bat; I always thought he struck out a lot and hit his usual 30-35 HRs a year.

In fact, Cleveland is so loaded with hitting, you wonder why they're only 7 games ahead of the Sox.

Who's leading the Sox in homers this year, Maggs? And he has, what, 23? That's (understatement) a bit of a dropoff from last year, wouldn't you say?

OutcastRadio
08-16-2001, 10:46 PM
Thome's leading the AL in Home Runs, leading the AL in RBIs (tied with Juan Gone at 106), and is 11th in the AL in batting average.

He actually has better all-around numbers than the 160 million dollar DH the Red Sox have.

FarWestChicago
08-16-2001, 10:49 PM
Originally posted by Outcast Radio
Thome's leading the AL in Home Runs, leading the AL in RBIs (tied with Juan Gone at 106), and is 11th in the AL in batting average.

He actually has better all-around numbers than the 160 million dollar DH the Red Sox have.

He's definitely tearing it up this year. Too bad he can't pitch every fifth day, too. :)

PutItOnTheBoard
08-16-2001, 10:51 PM
Jim Thome is perhaps the hottest hitter in baseball. He is just dialed in to the baseball. You simply can't pitch to him right now. Tonight he set a career high for home runs - with a fourth of the season to go!! He's also within percentage points of a career BA. But the craziest thing about it is that he's done this after having one of the worst starts of his career, batting .180 in April.

The 'feel-good' story is that his young high-school-age nephew and aspiring baseball player was involved in an accident this spring that left him paralyzed; Thome has said he's dedicating his season to him and talks to him every day. It was right after this happened that his hot streak started. I know he's an Injun, but this guy is one of my favorite players...

Bmr31
08-16-2001, 10:51 PM
Originally posted by Outcast Radio
Thome's leading the AL in Home Runs, leading the AL in RBIs (tied with Juan Gone at 106), and is 11th in the AL in batting average.

He actually has better all-around numbers than the 160 million dollar DH the Red Sox have.


hehe, and i got thome off waivers in may, in one of my fantasy leagues :) :) :)

OutcastRadio
08-16-2001, 10:52 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago


He's definitely tearing it up this year. Too bad he can't pitch every fifth day, too. :)

Oh, so you've heard about our new rotation????

OutcastRadio
08-16-2001, 10:52 PM
Originally posted by Bmr31



hehe, and i got thome off waivers in may, in one of my fantasy leagues :) :) :)

Somebody in RotisserieLand is kicking themselves.....

PutItOnTheBoard
08-16-2001, 10:53 PM
Hey Outcast,

I just finished my post and saw that you had replied to this thread... Good to see you; can you clarify the Thome nephew story? I remember reading about it earlier in the year but I can't remember the specifics - what exactly happened?

PutItOnTheBoard
08-16-2001, 10:55 PM
hehe, and i got thome off waivers in may, in one of my fantasy leagues

So did I, BMR. And I'm definitely reaping the rewards!! It seems like we have a few players in common (Buehrle).

Yeah, some idiot in my league dumped him after his awful April.

I picked him up the day hit those two home runs against the Yankmes...

OutcastRadio
08-16-2001, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by PutItOnTheBoard
Hey Outcast,

I just finished my post and saw that you had replied to this thread... Good to see you; can you clarify the Thome nephew story? I remember reading about it earlier in the year but I can't remember the specifics - what exactly happened?

His nephew (15 or 16 years old) was inlolved in a swimming pool accident, and is paralyzed from the neck down (funny.....that's the exact opposite of Thome, who's paralyzed from the neck UP).

Thome was on the phone with him every day, as the two were always close. One day, the kid asked Thome to hit two HRs for him. Jimmy hit 3.

Couple weeks later, Jimmy visited him (he lives in Peoria), and that night, Jimmy hit 2 more out against you guys.

FarWestChicago
08-16-2001, 11:01 PM
Couple weeks later, Jimmy visited him (he lives in Peoria), and that night, Jimmy hit 2 more out against you guys.

OK, it was a good story. But, did you have to bring this one up?

voodoochile
08-16-2001, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago


OK, it was a good story. But, did you have to bring this one up?

Thanks, I was trying to think of a tasteful way to say exactly that... I hate it when you can't hammer the opposing players because they have a feel good story going for them... Throws off my sense of balance...

FarWestChicago
08-16-2001, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile


Thanks, I was trying to think of a tasteful way to say exactly that... I hate it when you can't hammer the opposing players because they have a feel good story going for them... Throws off my sense of balance...

Yeah, Thome is a hard guy to hate. I can usually come up with something pretty easily. He's not a crossdresser, he's not a showboater and he swings so hard it cracks me up.

voodoochile
08-16-2001, 11:07 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago
He's a crossdresser, he's a showboater and he swings so badly it cracks me up.

Hey, it's the internet...

FarWestChicago
08-16-2001, 11:12 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile


Hey, it's the internet...

It's not nice to misquote the Board Guy! :)

voodoochile
08-16-2001, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago


It's not nice to misquote the Board Guy! :)

I figured you could fix it if you wanted to...

Besides, isn't posting bad information what the internet is really all about? That, Sports talk and porn of course...

Between Messica, Sox baseball and that last post we are a triple threat...

FarWestChicago
08-16-2001, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by voodoochile


I figured you could fix it if you wanted to...

Besides, isn't posting bad information what the internet is really all about? That, Sports talk and porn of course...

Between Messica, Sox baseball and that last post we are a triple threat...

LOL, VC! It seems a sweep of the Pay-Rods puts you in a wild mood. I like it.

voodoochile
08-16-2001, 11:22 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago


LOL, VC! It seems a sweep of the Pay-Rods puts you in a wild mood. I like it.

Yeah, I've been waiting for this for a while as have we all...

Biggest recent development IMO is the return of Bobby Howrey to something resembling a decent pitcher. We really really need the bullpen help. Man I hope he can keep it going...

I knew Foulke would do okay tonight when I saw his face. He had the calm face on, not that intense wound up face he has when he gets into trouble. I've said it before, maybe he pitches a little better when he is slightly tired, so he gets more movement on his changeup. He was only hitting 91 tonight and 89 at the end, but his change was going like 79, so it was sinking more. Damn tough to hit when there is that big of a difference in speeds...

FarWestChicago
08-16-2001, 11:26 PM
Biggest recent development IMO is the return of Bobby Howrey to something resembling a decent pitcher. We really really need the bullpen help. Man I hope he can keep it going...

Our pen is so thin we need Howling to resemble a pitcher. But, can he do it?

voodoochile
08-16-2001, 11:28 PM
Originally posted by FarWestChicago


Our pen is so thin we need Howling to resemble a pitcher. But, can he do it?

Someone's got to step up...

Got to go... long day tomorrow... chat with you then, FWC...

PutItOnTheBoard
08-17-2001, 12:07 AM
Has anybody mentioned whether Keith's wind-up contributes to his success? I've been thinking about the Foulke debate recently, and tried to really concentrate on how he gets guys out. It seems - besides that devestating change-up - some of it has to do with his delivery. Fastball or change-up, he has this little fraction-of-a-second pregant pause at the back of his wind-up that I gotta believe throws hitters off.

It's kinda like Nomo - that guy is the craziest pitcher. He's got 162 K's - second only to Clemens - but he ain't that good of a pitcher. He's got an incredibly high K/IP ratio, but a very small number of IP - reflective of the fact that he often gets pulled early in games. But he's got that crazy wind-up that fools a lot of guys.

I dunno, I don't purport to be any kind of baseball expert. All I know is, watching him on TV Keith looks damn hard to hit! With all apologies to daver, I say we gotta resign him. 'Two pitches' or not, it's the movement that counts. And there is no doubt that Foulke leaves a ton of guys baffled...