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Thome earns Player of the Week06/21/2004 5:14 PM ET
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Thome powered his way to National League Player of the Week honors for the week of June 14-20. With five homers and 10 RBIs since Monday, including the 400th of his career on June 14, Thome easily outdistanced the competition, which included Montreal's Jose Vidro, San Francisco's Edgardo Alfonzo, Colorado's Vinny Castilla and Los Angeles' Adrian Beltre. Pitchers nominated included Los Angeles' Eric Gagne and Jose Lima and San Francisco's Jason Schmidt. The homers kept coming for Thome, who now has 404 homers. He sealed the award in his last two games against the Royals. On Sunday, he homered twice and drove in five runs. "When you come up to the big leagues, you don't ever imagine hitting 400 home runs," said Thome, after he reached the 400-homer plateau. "You just want to survive. It's worked out good. I think the neat thing is when (Phillies employees) come up to me and say I have a home run ball that tied somebody, it's great because it's an appreciation for the old-timers who got to that mark." Thome also led the NL with a 1.174 slugging percentage and 27 total bases and tied for the lead with 10 RBIs. He batted .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles in seven games. He scored eight runs and had a .500 on-base percentage for the week. Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will present Thome with a luxury Swiss timepiece from its Safari collection. For the season, Thome has 23 homers and 50 RBIs. He is fourth among NL first basemen with 404,032 votes as of Monday's All-Star balloting update. He's attempting to make the NL All-Star squad for the first time after representing Cleveland three times when he was in the American League. "I haven't really thought to much about (the All-Star game)," Thome said. "The focus here is on winning games.
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