Today in Tribe History: December 10, 1976
Bob Toth | On 10, Dec 2014
It is the second time this year that Thornton is dealt. In his fourth MLB season, he struggled to a .200 batting average with a pair of home runs with the Chicago Cubs, who then traded the slumping righty to Montreal. He hit nine home runs north of the border, but batted below the Mendoza line with a .191 average for the Expos to end the season with a combined .194 mark.
“Thunder” will find his thump on the shores of Lake Erie, batting .263 the next season with 28 home runs. He will spend the remainder of his career in an Indians uniform, setting career highs of 33 home runs (1978, 1984) and 116 RBI (1982) while making a pair of Midsummer Classics. When his career ends following the 1987 season, he will own the fourth-most home runs in Indians history with 214.