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As a home grown Clevelander, I can’t really agree with this. Jim Thome was the face of Cleveland sports for 10 years, and though his national presence wasn’t so big, he was a BIG deal in Cleveland!! On top of everything else, he hit 600+ home runs, and did it by all accounts cleanly in an era marred by unclean guys. You could argue that, in any time other than the late 90s, he would be one of the biggest stars in sports, belting 50 home runs per year and leading Cleveland to two world series!

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