Opening Keynote: Interview with Hall of Famer Jim Thome

Jim Thome was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2018. In 22 big league seasons, Thome hit .276 with 612 home runs, 1,699 RBI, 1,583 runs scored, and 1,747 walks in 2,543 games with Cleveland (1991-2002, 2011), Philadelphia (2003-2005, 2012), the White Sox (2006-2009), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009), Minnesota (2010-2011), and Baltimore (2012).

Thome is one of only eight players to reach the 600 home run milestone, and his 612 homers, 134 of which came while wearing a Chicago White Sox uniform, are the fourth-highest total in major league history by a left-handed hitter, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Babe Ruth (714), and Ken Griffey Jr. (630). He hit 40 or more home runs six times and drove in 100-plus runs nine times.

He ranks among baseball’s all-time leaders in myriad other categories, including home run ratio (5th, 13.76), walks (7th), OPS (18th, .956), and slugging percentage (22nd). Thome duplicated his regular season success when it mattered most in the postseason, where his 17 home runs are tied with David Ortiz for the seventh-highest total in major league history.

“Jim Thome’s statistics speak for themselves,” says Bill Dorsey, ALSD Chairman and Founder. “There are only a handful of baseball’s gods who match his production. But it’s his character, longevity, and commitment to the sport that led us to booking him as a keynote for this year’s conference. He was beloved over his two decades in the major leagues, two teams bringing him back for a second stint due to his leadership as well as his performance. It’s no wonder why he was a first ballot hall of famer.”

In his four years with the Chicago White Sox, Thome and his trademark batting stance celebrated numerous other definitive career achievements, including his 500th home run on September 16, 2007 versus the Angels. He is also memorialized in the annals of White Sox history for his game-winning solo shot on September 30, 2008 to give the White Sox a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in a one-game playoff at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jim Thome rejoined the White Sox organization on July 2, 2013 as a special assistant to General Manager Rick Hahn. Thome’s responsibilities include consulting with Hahn and Director of Player Development Chris Getz, working with the White Sox major league staff and players, and visiting Sox minor league affiliates throughout the summer to evaluate player performance.

REGISTER NOW FOR ALSD 2019 to hear the legendary Jim Thome speak at this year’s annual conference and tradeshow.


June 30, 2019
Time Start: 
3:30 p.m.
Grand Horizon DEFG, Floor 4

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