Jim Thome

Hall of Fame, class of 2018

 

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Cleveland drafted Thome out of college in 1989, and sent him to the Gulf Coast League that summer. He started the ‘90 season in the Appalachian League with the Burlington Indians, then slugged his way to a mid-season promotion High-A Kinston. He started 1991 at Double-A Canton-Akron, and finished the minor league season with the Pacific Coast League’s Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was called up to Cleveland that September.

 

Minor league teams that Jim Thome played for en route to the majors:

 

 

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Appy League in 1990

 

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Eastern League, spring of ’91

 

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Rare image of Thome’s brief stint with the Sky Sox

 

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