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Fan favorite Jim Thome and others now qualify for the Phillies Wall of Fame thanks to a rules change

There's no denying that Jim Thome was a fan favorite in Philadelphia. The problem was that he didn't qualify for the Phillies Wall of Fame, because he didn't play in Philadelphia long enough. A rules change this season now has Thome eligible.

The Phillies Wall of Fame qualifications has always stipulated that a player must have played for the Phillies for five seasons. That clause in the eligibility requirements would have kept players like Manny Trillo, Jim Thome and Roy Halladay from ever being voted onto the wall. The qualifications for this year's Wall of Fame were recently changed to allow players with four seasons to be considered. Trillo, Thome and Halladay each played four seasons with the Phillies.

Thome's career started with the Cleveland Indians, where he played 13 seasons before signing with the Phillies as a free agent. The Indians honored Thome with a statue in 2014 and he was recently elected into the team's Hall of Fame.

Managers and coaches have always needed just four seasons of time with the Phillies to be added to the Phillies Wall of Fame.

This year's class of nominees includes:

Steve Bedrosia, RHP

Larry Christenson, RHP

Jim Fregosi, Manager

Gene Garber, RHP

Jim Konstanty, RHP

Freddy Luderus, RHP

Ron Reed, RHP

Scott Rolen, 3B

Jim Thome, 1B

Manny Trillo, 2B

Pinky Whitney, 3B

Rick Wise, RHP

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