12/22/2013 2:10 PM
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Five time Major League Baseball All-Star, Jim Thome, conducted a White Sox Hitting Clinic on Sunday, December 22nd from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Bulls/Sox Academy located at 6200 River Bend Drive in Lisle. This 3-hour clinic helped young athletes develop into the best hitters they could be by listening to one of the best power hitters of all time! Jim Thome, along with Bulls/Sox Academy professional instructors, discussed all aspects of the hitting position including stance, stride and finish. Kids were able to put their new knowledge to good use as they took some swings off a tee, during soft toss and through live batting practice. To cap off this memorable experience, each player received an autographed Jim Thome wooden Louisville Slugger bat.
Jim Thome was a career .276 hitter compiling 2,328 hits and 1,747 walks while playing in 2,543 games at third base, first base and designated hitter. He played in 22 seasons with six different teams including the White Sox, Indians (twice), Phillies (twice), Dodgers, Twins and Orioles. Thome is currently in 7th place on the Major League Baseball all-time home runs list with 612 and 24th on the MLB all-time RBI list with 1,699. He was a five-time MLB All-Star, Silver Slugger Award winner, National League Home Run Champion as well as receiving numerous other on and off the field awards throughout his celebrated career.
While with the White Sox for 2006-2009, Jim hit his 500th home run on September, 16, 2006 in walk-off fashion to give the Sox a 9-7 victory against the Angels. White Sox fans will always remember the monster 461-foot solo blast Thome hit in the infamous Blackout Game which proved to be the game winner as the Pale Hose won 1-0 during the American League Central tiebreaker battle against the rival Twins on August 14, 2008. To this day, a plaque is posted on the Fan Deck on the centerfield concourse at US Cellular Field marking the spot of that glorious game winning home run. Jim Thome is currently the special assistant to White Sox General Manager, Rick Hahn, and works with the major league staff and players and visits the Sox farm teams to evaluate player performance.