Thome’s decision launches Phillies’ success
On Dec. 2, 2002, the Phillies signed Thome to a free agent deal worth a reported $87.5 million over six years. The move was hailed in Philadelphia, where the Phillies had endured eight losing seasons in the nine years since their 1993 National League pennant.
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Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum