Phillies slugger Jim Thome will be immortalized in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Phillies first baseman Jim Thome will join a historic class consisting of Vlad Guerrero, Alan Trammell, Jack Morris, Chipper Jones, and Trevor Hoffman at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this Sunday in Cooperstown.
Thome is the first Phillie to be inducted since Pedro Martinez in 2015 and the first hitter since Ryne Sandberg in 2005. The last Phillies to be inducted with more than a season’s worth of games in the uniform were Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn in 1995.
Here’s how to watch or listen to the ceremony Sunday afternoon:
When: July 29, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.
TV: MLB Network
Radio: MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM
Thome played a portion of four seasons in Philadelphia in his 22-year career that was primarily spent in Cleveland. Regarded as one of the biggest free agent acquisitions in franchise history, Thome hit 101 of his 612 home runs with Philadelphia.
Thome’s 612 home runs are eighth on the all-time list after being surpassed by Albert Pujols last year.
Two years ago Thome was inducted onto the Phillies Wall of Fame, joining a distinguished list of franchise legends.
Next year’s ballot will feature seven first-time candidates who wore the Phillies uniform: Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Placido Polanco, Jose Contreras, Michael Young, Freddy Garcia, and Juan Pierre. The majority of those players won’t sniff the Hall of Fame, but the late Halladay is likely to be a Hall of Famer, if not a first-ballot.
Bobby Abreu, Cliff Lee, and Raul Ibanez will be among the first-ballot eligible players in 2020