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Jim Thome says he’s not retired yet

Dec 23, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

Phillies Thome celebrates his game winning walk off home run against the Rays during the ninth inning of their interleague MLB baseball game in Philadelphia Reuters

Most players of a certain stature announce their retirement. Not all. Jim Thome is sort of letting retirement happen to him, though not 100% willingly. He was on MLB Network’s Hot Stove show this morning and said that he’s not officially retired and has not ruled out a comeback.

I suppose it’s entirely possible that Ruben Amaro gives him a call, but barring that Thome’s career is over. And it was damn fine enough career that Thome is 100% allowed to talk about comebacks and do whatever the heck else he wants, be it continue to serve as a White Sox special assistant or mash taters on some high school field someplace.

And, of course, to enter the Hall of Fame when he’s eligible in 2018. Assuming the writers don’t bollocks up the voting.

  1. nbjays - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    He’s only 43. Do the Yankees need a DH? 😉

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      hey bj’s, you can keep him.

  2. ncphilliesguy - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    The last few years I thought Thome should coach 1st, stay in shape and take BP, and then if the team needs a DH, they could acitivate him. Of course, that would mess with the 40 man, but it may be worth it for the positive PR and fan interest.

  3. slickdemetrius - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Dude, you were on the roster when I was playing Accolades Hardball III on a 386 with 16mb of ram. Time for a rest.

    • anxovies - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Plenty of time to rest when they plant you, Dude. Go for it, Big Jim. I would like to see a few more leave the yard.

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      I think he was on the roster when Charles Babbage was looking for investment capital.

      • bigharold - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:58 PM

        Once being a computer science major I get that reference but you do realize most people wouldn’t know what Babbage’s distinction was nor could they care less.

        Isn’t a little close to Christmas to be screwing with the Hoi Polloi? Don’t want to chance landing on the naughty list at this point.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        And having once been an educator I always figger that the curiosity of one or two of the hoi polloi (is that demotic Latin for “football scholarships” or does it refer to a tribe of pygmies in the fast mountain jungles of Borneo?) will be stimulated enough to Google it. I mean, come on – what could be more fun that reading about Charles Babbage for the first time?

        And did you know that the replica difference engine they built at the Museum of Science in London ackcherley worked? Gibson and Sterling (they could look that up too) prolly hit it right on the nose.

  4. whitdog23 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    poor demetrius….20 years later still in mom’s basement and hasn’t kissed a girl. is tonight meatloaf night or hot dogs and baked beans??

    • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Sausage meatloaf recipe:

      1 pound ground beef
      1 (12 ounce) package bulk pork breakfast sausage – mild or spicy, to taste (I like it with a kick)
      6 fresh mushrooms, chopped
      1 medium onion, finely chopped
      2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
      2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
      1 egg
      1/2 cup instant oatmeal (I reduce it to flour in my coffee grinder before adding it to the mixture)
      1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 tsp shaved or finely diced garlic cloves)
      1/4 tsp ground black pepper
      1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
      4 strips center cut bacon

      Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

      Mix the ground beef, sausage, mushrooms, onion, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, egg, oatmeal, garlic powder, pepper, and Cheddar cheese together in a large bowl until evenly mixed. Form into a loaf and place in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Lie the bacon strips across the top of the meatloaf. Bake about 1 hour.

      Worth returning to mom’s basement for.

      • cur68 - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Damn! That sounds good. Use of bacon was the clincher.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        I’ve also made it with ground-up cooked bacon in the mix. That’s good but it’s an extra step and most evenings I’m to burned out from writing stuff.

      • largebill - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Sounds good. I’ve taken to including chopped carrots as well.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        That also sounds good. Finely chopped or is that a crunchy-added texture trip?

    • slickdemetrius - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Why so personal whitedog? No, I don’t live in mom’s basement thank – have a job, a house and a wife and proudly served 12 years in the military. But thanks for taking the time to ask.

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        Then you deserve to try that meatloaf anyway. And thank you, sincerely, for your service.

  5. mikeevergreen - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Rick Hahn, you now have your excuse to dump Adam Dunn.

  6. trublazer - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM


    • doctorofsmuganomics - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      What kind of juice we talking? I’m partial to cranberry, personally

      • Old Gator - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Me too. At my age it’s important to flush the nephrons on a regular basis. But really, the beeg juice is acai. Kiss your bleeding gums goodbye forever!

  7. jonmarkbarre - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Hele ya. I remem when he was a skinny lil 3bman with avg power !! now he 7th all time in HR’s.

    • xdj511 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Not Jim Thome too!!! Could you folks just narrow it down to who we DON’T suspect using PED’s? Thank you.

  8. stephenolszewski - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Well at least me and Jim Thome have one thing in common…

  9. jason9696 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM


  10. braxtonrob - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I hope someone signs him so he can comeback and take his rightful place as baseball’s all-time STRIKEOUT king.
    Those knuckleheads (aka writers) will vote him into the Hall one day, but Thome is one of the most overrated (and self-serving) baseball players of all-time.

  11. straightouttavtown - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    If he wants to play then someone should give him a shot in this power-starved era. He had almost a .800 OPS in 2012 and .838 in 2011. Sure his back acts up very often but give him all the at-bats he could handle out of the DH slot.

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