Born Aug. 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois. ... 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, batted left, threw right. ... elected in first year of eligibility, one of only 54 players to do so, receiving 89.8 percent of the ballots. ... selected by the Cleveland Indians out of Illinois Central College in the 13th round of the 1989 amateur draft. ... batted .276, played in 2,543 games and had 2,328 hits, 1,583 runs, 612 home runs and 1,699 RBIs in 22 seasons with the Indians, White Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, Twins and Orioles. ... played first base, third base and designated hitter ... had a record 13 walk-off homers and hit 40 or more home runs six times. ... five-time All-Star. ... best season was 2002 in Cleveland when he hit a career-high 52 home runs with 118 RBIs and led AL in walks (122), slugging percentage (.677) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.122), and batted .304 with an on-base percentage of .445. ... hit 17 homers in the postseason.
Above: Chicago White Sox's Jim Thome, left, gets a handshake from third base coach Anthony Shines after hitting a fifth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher James Shields during a baseball game June 26, 2007, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)