Jim Thome made his retirement from baseball official today, signing an honorary one-day contract with the Cleveland Indians with whom he played for 12 years. The occasion was also upon the unveiling of a statue there in his honor.
Thome, who will turn age 44 next month, last played for the Baltimore Orioles at the end of the 2012 season. He appeared in 28 games as a designated hitter, batting .257 and hitting three home runs in 115 plate appearances.
My memories of him from that end-of-season stint with the Birds will be of the role he played walking around the dugout and encouraging and advising young Orioles players. Truly one of the “good guys” in the sport, Thome has expressed interest in continuing in the game as a manager.
Watch as Jim Thome announced his official retirement at his statue unveiling: http://t.co/W43IR93u1Q
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With a career record of 612 home runs (of which 337 were hit for Cleveland), he is a certain Hall of Fame inductee in five years. That home run total is #7 all-time in baseball.
So, I guess this means Jim Thome won’t be going into the Hall as an Oriole!