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Thome says he's 'guilty by association'

Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 1:09 pm
Jim ThomeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Jim Thome's now the eighth member of the 600 home run club, but as we've discussed many times, that club is less celebrated now than it used to be because it includes the likes of Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Sammy Sosa.

All three of those players have been attached to allegations of performance-enhancing drugs, while Thome hasn't. But Thome, along with Ken Girffey Jr., have achieved their 600 home runs during the so-called steroid era. Thome, speaking on the Dan Patrick Show (via, said all players from this era will live with a cloud of suspicion, including himself.

"I've said this and I've been very open about this, I think what has happened is there have been a lot of guys to pay the price," Thome said. "My thing was not every guy in that era did it and not every guy has done it. There were guys in our time that did it the right way. I think that has maybe been the effect on today's game as far as people have a hard time saying 'did this guy do it? Did this guy do it?' There's always going to be that question mark no question."

Thome was then asked if he would question Jim Thome and his accomplishments.

"Sure. I mean yeah absolutely," Thome said. "Again you're kinda guilty by association in an era, in a time when guys did it. That's what feels so good. I talk to you about the journey, the journey to get there and what it took to get there and the people that worked with you and how hard you worked to get there."

And Thome's right. Look at any accomplishment these days and they will be questioned -- whether it's Thome's 600 home runs or Jose Bautista's turnaround -- people are going to start talking about steroids or HGH. Thome's smart enough to know that and smart enough to acknowledge it. 

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Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:14 pm

Ken Griffey Jr - just another juicer

A bit naive there on Junior.

The guys body fell apart in textbook steroid abuser fashion, and as soon as testing was implemented the "sweetest swing in baseball" suddenly couldn't hit the ball.

Ken Griffey Jr was a major PED abuser

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:12 pm

Thome says he's 'guilty by association'

Who cares?  Let them use whatever they want.  It does not matter.  There will be something even better in the future.  With technological advancements, no game will never be the same.  If they had stuff better than steroids in the early 1900's, those guys would have been taking it.  There might be stuff already better than roids and the current guys are rubbing their arse with it.  Who knows? 

Testing for things will always be behind the invention of PED's.  If it is not roids, it will be something else.  HGH, Enzyte, Viagra...BOB ain't smiling for nothing.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:10 pm

Thome says he's 'guilty by association'

As far as I'm concerned, there's no question. The 600-homer club has five legit members: Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Jim Thome.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:07 pm

Thome says he's 'guilty by association'

Thome and Griffey Jr. are the only two that are probably legit in the modern era.  Ken Griffey Jr. was by far the best player in MLB in the modern era and Thome is as much of a class act as you will find in sports.   Good for em both for stayin clean during a time where taking roids was essentially allowed by MLB and now the same is true with HGH.   Good job and congrats on 600!!! 

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:06 pm

Just another juicer

 Not like the skinny kid who came out of Pittsburgh and his arms tripled in size.

Google image "Jim Thome rookie" and then rethink that statement

Since: May 21, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:03 pm

Thome says he's 'guilty by association'

I agree with Carlie Thome should not be thought of in the same mindset of the other sluggers of the steroid era, because he was never linked to steroids. i honestly think that Thome should never even be mentioned in the same breath as the other recent homerun hitters, the biggest thing about all the other players is the seemingly overnight transition into a bigger and harder hitting player that most steroid era players made. Thome was a consistant threat at the plate to hit homeruns even inthe beginning of his career in cleveland. Congratulations

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:33 pm

Thome says he's 'guilty by association'

I do not believe he should be put into that category of guilty by association he has been very up front about folks who have done peds. Jim Thome has been a class act throughout his whole career. He never lied and denied like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriquez and the Cubs Sammy Sosa. Mark McGuire was the only one that said he took supplements he might not have been totally truthful. Rodger Clemens made a butt of himself with that whole balco thing.

But Jim Thome shout not be linked to that group he has always hit for power never had major spikes in his numbers. Not like the skinny kid who came out of Pittsburgh and his arms tripled in size. So please think about this man and not in the same frame of mind as Bonds.

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