James Thome is a former American baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Thome spent most of his career with the Cleveland Indians (1991–2002), anchoring a core of players that led the franchise to two World Series appearances in three years during the mid-1990s. Thome also had stints with the Philadelphia Phillies (2003–05), Chicago White Sox (2006–09), and three other teams. Initially a third baseman, Thome transitioned to first base and, later in his career, became a designated hitter.
Thome hit 612 home runs during his career—eighth-most all time—along with 2,328 hits, 1,699 runs batted in (RBI), and a .276 batting average. A five-time All-Star, Thome won the Silver Slugger Award in 1996. He hit more than 40 home runs six times and, in 2003, led the National League with 47 home runs. His career on-base plus slugging (OPS) of .956 is 19th all time. Thome won the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2006.
An active philanthropist, Thome was honored with two Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards and a Lou Gehrig Memorial Award for his community involvement. In 2018, Thome was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.