I am working on a much lengthier post about Jim Thome that I hope to have finished by tomorrow night, but in the meantime, consider this: of all Jim Thome’s 587 career home runs, 108 have come in high-leverage situations. He’s hit 126 home runs in tie games, 72 in late and close games (from the seventh inning on, with the score within three runs), and twelve in extra-innings. He’s hit 142 of his 587 career home runs against the Twins, while batting .311/.410/.628/1.038 (he’s actually pretty much terrorized the AL Central for years). The Twins are now 6 games up on the second-place Sox, with 20 left to play. I am glad the White Sox decided they would rather have Mark Kotsay at DH.