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05-14-2019, 05:27 AM,
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CLEVELAND (AP) — His red socks pulled high to his knees , Jim Thome pointed his bat outward in his well-known stance before taking a swing and one last trip around the bases in a ballpark where his number is now on permanent display.On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians retired Thome’s No. 25 honoring the Hall of Fame slugger during an emotional pregame ceremony before hosting the Baltimore Orioles — another of the six teams he played for from 1991 to 2012.The festivities were capped with Thome, the major league walk-off home run leader (13), taking that final trot around the bases with his son, Landon, before being mobbed by his former teammates at home plate.His jersey number will be permanently displayed in the upper deck of Progressive Field between fellow Hall of Famers Bob Lemon’s 21 and Larry Doby’s 14, and just above where many of his 337 homers landed while becoming Cleveland’s career home run leader.“To have my jersey retired gives me the chills,” Thome said. “To see my number hanging in the rafters in the company of Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Jackie Robinson, Mel Harder, Larry Doby, Earl Averill, Bob Lemon and Frank Robinson Steve Pearce Jersey , I don’t really know what to say. That’s some ‘Field of Dreams’ stuff right there.”Along with Landon, Thome was joined by his wife Andrea, daughter Lila and father Chuck. His former teammates and managers were on hand too, including Omar Vizquel, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Charlie Manuel and Mike Hargrove.“To this day, these guys are my brothers and I’m so touched that you all would take the time to come today,” Thome said.Players from both teams were in the dugout for the pregame ceremony, with Indians players wearing high socks mimicking Thome’s distinct look.Before his retired number was unveiled, the team also presented Thome with two original Jacobs Field seats representing the two jersey numbers — 6 and 25 — that he wore as a member of the club, as well as a massive, 25-shaped photograph mosaic featuring pictures of the slugger throughout his career.The Hall of Famer already has a statue on the Progressive Field concourse that was unveiled during the 2014 season. That same summer, Thome’s number was unofficially retired when Jason Giambi surprised him by giving it up after Thome signed a one-day contract to retire with the team. No other player has worn the number since.It’s been a summer of celebrations for Thome J. D. Martinez Jersey , who was enshrined in Cooperstown last month. He was honored last week by the Chicago White Sox and will be honored by the Minnesota Twins next Saturday.Through 22 MLB seasons, Thome batted .276 and hit 612 home runs, putting him eighth on the all-time home run list. But his 13 years in Cleveland were when Thome had some of his best moments and memories.Thome broke in with the Indians as a third baseman in 1991. He was part of a young group of talented players who helped the Indians end a 41-year playoff drought and make the World Series in 1995 and 1997.Along with leading the club in home runs, Thome is also the club’s career leader in walks (1,008) and is second in career RBIs (937). His powerful swing helped the club rise from perennial laughingstock to one of baseball’s best teams in the 1990s.“The 90s were exciting times in baseball, and there was no place better than the corner of Ontario and Carnegie,” Thome said. “This organization from top to bottom is first class all the way. I was so proud to go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Cleveland Indians.” Three for sure, two possibles... and the rest.The results of the outfielder rankings indicate there are really two groups of players in spring training for the Diamondbacks. The probables1.3 - David Peralta2.5 - Steven Souza Jr.3.0 - Ketel Marte4.6 - Jarrod Dyson4.9 - Socrates BritoThese are the five players who are clearly seen as most likely to be on the D-backs roster come Opening Day next month. Not really any surprises here, either in the names, or the ordering. Peralta was easily the most reliable player among the outfielders in 2018, and there’s no reason to think 2019 will be any different. Souza needs to have a good bounce-back year, but he’s still preferred over Marte. I think the latter’s lack of experience is definitely seen as a problem: while there’s no doubt about the Pike’s athleticism, how well this will translate into, say Paul Goldschmidt Jersey , reads on fly-balls, remains to be seen. That’s probably something only experience will bring. Likely enhancing Brito’s chances of making the roster is that he’s out of minor-league options according to Roster Resource.However, both he and Dyson are left-handed hitters, as is Peralta, leaving Souza the only “pure” right-handed outfielder on the roster (Marte’s a switch hitter). We don’t have much data for Brito at the major-league level (only 30 career PA vs. left-handed pitching), but last season across all levels, he had a very large platoon split (OPS’s of .954 vs. .687). Dyson’s career numbers are closer (.682 vs. .570 in the majors), but it still looks likely to be a lefty-heavy line-up. We’ll also have to see whether Dyson’s balky ‘blique is sorted in time for Opening Day. Which brings us to...The rest7.1 - Tim Locastro7.5 - Abraham Almonte8.2 - Matt Szczur8.6 - Yasmany Tom谩s8.9 - Rob Refsnyder9.3 - Andrew AplinThe gap between Brito and the rest of the pack is the same as the gap between the highest-ranked there, and the lowest. If Dyson proves not to be ready, Locastro is seen as the most likely to take his spot - being already on the 40-man roster probably helps. He also has two minor-league options, so could potentially end up being the Silvino Bracho of the outfield this year. [He’s right-handed too, which would address the left-handed bias mentioned above] For some reason, I keep thinking Almonte is a prospect, but this would be his 7th major-league season - still appears to have an option left. He’s consistently seen between 50-82 games each of the last five years Richie Ashburn Jersey , so it’d be no shock to see him. The rest? We’ll see. But Arizona used 11 different starting outfielders in both 2017 and 2018, and a startling fourteen in 2016 [including Mike Freeman, Phil Gosselin and Kyle Jensen, but not Shelby Miller...] On that basis, we should expect to see everyone on this list at some point in the outfield over the next seven months. Yes, even Tomas - though his future is perhaps more potentially to be at first-base, though the outlook is generally cloudy. However, as with most positions, the talent in our minor-league system is mostly at the lower levels. That’s especially so with the loss of 2018 Reno guys Evan Marzilli (now a Cub) and Rey Fuentes (a free-agent). Not sure who’d be our OF prospect closest to the majors. Predicting the outfieldHere are the same 11 players. Now you get to predict whether you think each of the men in question will be on the Opening Day roster or not. If you have an issue with the embedded form, click on the link.Take the pollResults to follow... later in the week, he said vaguely. 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