Jim Thome and his Chicago White Sox failed to make the postseason this year.  But, Thome was recently named baseball’s Comeback Player of the Year.  He edged out former White Sox player Frank Thomas.  After an injury plagued season with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2005, Jim Thome was brought to Chicago.  Thome continued to experience the same back problems that haunted him the year before, but due to hard work, perseverance, and fitness he managed to play in 143 games this year.  During this span he accrued statistics neither The Sporting News, nor MLB.com could ignore.  His .288 batting average, 42 home runs, and 109 runs batted in were remarkable enough to warrant a majority vote in his favor by both fans and opposing players in the TSN voting.  The Oakland Athletics’ designated hitter, Frank Thomas, finished second in votes.  Thomas was limited to 34 games of action with the Chicago franchise in 2005, but rebounded this year with a .270 average, 39 home runs, and 114 runs batted in.  These statistics aided his team in their current bid for a World Series appearance. 

Jim Thome’s next goal is to make the post season in 2007 and become one of the few players to join the 500 home run club.  Thome currently has 472 home runs in his career. 

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