Leaderboarding: Thome's standing among all-time greats
Though he hasn't played since 2012, long-time slugger Jim Thome never used the "r" word and instead multiple times said he was open to continuing his playing career. That changed Saturday, when Thome announced that he had signed a one-day contract with the Cleveland Indians, in order to retire as an Indian.
The announcement came on the day that a statue of Thome was unveiled in Cleveland's Progressive Field. Here's a picture of it, along with Thome and his family:
They couldn't have chosen a better pose for the Thome statue than the bat point. Very well done on that.
Thome, 43, was a career .276/.402/.554 (147 OPS+) hitter with 451 doubles, 612 homers, 1699 RBI and 1583 runs. The five-time All-Star played for the Indians for parts of 13 seasons, the Phillies and White Sox for four, the Twins two and Dodgers and Orioles parts of a season apiece. He finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times. Thome ranks seventh in career home runs, 24th in RBI, 24th in slugging percentage , 37th in total bases, seventh in walks and 18th in OPS. He played in 17 different postseason series (10 different years), but never won that elusive World Series ring.
Thome will first be eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2018.