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Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:17 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 11:12 pm
 
Jim ThomeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Slugger Jim Thome said he's unsure if he'll return for a 22nd season.

Upon his return to Minnesota as a part of the Indians, Thome talked about his future with reporters.

"I haven't thought about it," Thome said (via the Plain Dealer). "I'm very blessed that I've been able to play as much as I have this year. Let's face it, teams have to call. You've got to get into the winter and see where you stand with that.

"Once I get home and sit down with my wife, similar to last year, we'll see where I'm at."

After going 2 for 4 with a homer in his return to Minnesota on Friday, Thome is hitting .246/.348/.462 with 14 homers in 86 games for the Twins and Indians this season, numbers down from his bounce-back 2010 when he hit 25 homers for the Twins. Thome signed a one-year deal with Minnesota before the season and waived his no-trade clause to return to Cleveland.

The free agent designated hitter market is one of the toughest to crack based on the number of jobs available. There are just 14 of those gigs and it's not a position that many teams like to platoon, even though Thome has done that the last two seasons. If you can't hit enough to DH against both lefties and righties, most teams will want a more versatile player to round out the roster.

At 41, it will be interesting to see if Thome fits into anyone's plans. With his homer on Friday, Thome now has 603 in his career.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: September 18, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

For some reason I doubt he will be playing. He just achieved a huge accomplishment and his career is now basically complete. He is constantly switching teams even though they are in the same area its too much traveling as the "Nicest man in baseball" needs to spend more time with his family. Of course he loves baseball and all that but is his career really incomplete? he got rated the nicest player by sports illustrated recently got his 600th homer and it's doubted he'll get to 700 so why not why not go to your family and enjoy the rest of his life, he is a free agent and moving again will definetly not be a consideration I would think.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

I sure hope he plays another year.  He needs just slightly over 100 strikeouts to pass Reggie Jackson as the all-time strikeout king.   He could strikeout 100 times in one more season with ease.



Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:55 am
 

Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

I sure wish...LOL



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:45 am
 

Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

 I hope he does come back next year only if he wants too.  He has nothing more to prove that he is a sure fire HOF'er, but I'm sure he would like a ring.  He is to human beings what the Mona Lisa is to art!  As a Twins fan I couldn't have been prouder to see you play for us the last 2 years.  I have been blessed as a Twins fan to witness many milestones, but watching you hit #600 was my favorite.  I would love to see you come back, but if you don't enjoy the rest of your life because you deserve it!  Thanks Jim!



Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

How about bringing him back as Hitting Coach/player...Is that a possibilty?



Since: Apr 20, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Thome doesn't know if he'll play in 2012

I see nothing wrong with the Indians at least giving him a call and see how he feels.  Yes, they have a DH, but let's face it, Travis Hafner will not play a full season with the Indians.  I say they also need to get rid of Matt Laporta somehow through a trade and get a right handed bat.  The Indians are still going to be contending in 2012, I don't think Jim will want to make a boatload of money, didn't he return to Minnesota for $2 million?  He can do the same thing, knowing he will be a part-time plater, until Hafner gets hurt.


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