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Jim Thome has no plans to retire … if a team wants him

Oct 24, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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Last week there was some Chicago-based speculation that the White Sox might hire Jim Thome as their new hitting coach, but that seemed illogical to me right off the bat and today Thome made it clear that he has no plans to retire, let alone to retire and immediately become a hitting coach.

While appearing at an event in Cleveland this morning Thome shared his plans with Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:

I want to keep playing. I’ll keep playing. I just have to have teams that call me. I can’t go play in the backyard by myself.

That last part is a great out-of-context quote.

Thome is right, of course. Last offseason he was coming off a monster year and ended up re-signing with the Twins in part because he liked Minnesota and in part because the market for 40-year-old designated hitters is so limited. Now he’s coming off a much less impressive season and is a year older, so Thome may not have many choices.

He’s still plenty productive, however, hitting 15 homers, drawing 46 walks, and posting an .838 OPS in 93 games for the Twins and Indians.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 24, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    With Stairs gone, he’s my new favorite active player. As long as he’s out there, MLB is a little bit better.

  2. Lukehart80 - Oct 24, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    With Hafner on the payroll, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to bring Thome back, but I sure would like the Indians to do it.

  3. lovesmesomeme - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Tell Jim I think it’s ok to play with himself in the backyard, I do it daily

  4. dmccarrie - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    Phillies might have a need for a temporary 1B fielder and a power bench bat.

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