Friday, November 4, 2011
Besides the awesome nostalgia we will all feel seeing Thome back in a Phillie uniform, the move makes a ton of sense for the Phils. With Howard out an indefinite amount of time, Thome can possibly step in and be a part of a first base platoon with John Mayberry. Given that he hasn't played in the field since 2007, Thome can't be expected to play in the field every day but I'm sure he could be used occasionally. At the very least, Thome, who hit 15 home runs last season with the Indians and Twins, will be a tremendous power asset off the bench.
Given his relationship with Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard's injury and the Phillies need for a bench bat, this is a no-brainer signing. I can't wait to see Big Jim crush a few postseason home runs at Citizens Bank.