That experiment has run its course, and it’s time for the club to part ways with the aging bat.
Here are six reasons why:
1. He’s hurt
Thome has been on the DL all month with a bad back. In the past, he’s had troubles with his elbow and his legs. Even if comes back in a week or two, whether he will be 100 percent is doubtful.
2. He can’t field to save his life
Thome has 137 career errors, and career is 31 total-zone, total-fielding runs below average. He has a career -17.1 defensive wins-above-replacement and has 13 seasons of a dWAR of -0.5 or worse.
Also, did I mention he has no legs?
3. Nor can he hit anymore