Tom Powers: For Twins DH Jim Thome, a good chop could beat the shift

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Jim Thome came up to bat as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 at Target Field in Minneapolis on April 24, 2011. Full Story

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Since: Jan 09

Grand Rapids, MN

#1 Apr 25, 2011
I'd hate to see hime pull a leg muscle chugging down to first.
Sal

Ely, MN

#2 Apr 25, 2011
Might be something Morneau might try as well when he is in a slump.
TC Florida

Cocoa Beach, FL

#3 Apr 25, 2011
It is a rare situation indeed when you do not want Thome to be a home run threat. The Twins signed him to be a power hitter, so the shift reduces his batting average by 20 points, so what? He can hit .240 and get over 20 home runs and Jim will have earned his money.
jimbo92107

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 25, 2011
Emerson Boozer Guy wrote:
I'd hate to see hime pull a leg muscle chugging down to first.
Don't worry, he's like an old Volkswagen Beetle. They never break down in first gear.
Mike L

United States

#5 Apr 25, 2011
TC Florida wrote:
It is a rare situation indeed when you do not want Thome to be a home run threat. The Twins signed him to be a power hitter, so the shift reduces his batting average by 20 points, so what? He can hit .240 and get over 20 home runs and Jim will have earned his money.
I think it's something to try once in a while. Obviously, you want him to be aggressive and try to pull the ball over the wall. But you also want to keep the other team guessing. All it would take is a couple times of him just attempting to chop the ball to the third base side for teams to lesson the shift on Thome. It's not like teams shift with runners on second or third, so he would still have plenty of home run and RBI chances.

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