Praise for Jim Thome 

August, 9, 2011

Jim Thome signed with the Minnesota Twins before the 2010 season, and shortly after his deal was announced, the phone of Twins general manager Bill Smith rang.

"I got a call from someone with Philadelphia, telling me what a great guy we were getting -- a good person," Smith recalled. "And then I got calls from the White Sox. And the Dodgers, even though he hadn't been there a long time. And from Cleveland. They'd all say the same thing, about what a good guy he is."