Jim Thome: ‘I’m not retired…. If someone wants me to play, I’d consider it for sure’
Jim Thome is continuing to work out and says he’s not ready to retire yet, reports CSN Philly:
“I’m not retired,” the 42-year-old slugger said with a laugh. “If someone wants me to play, I’d consider it for sure. I feel good. If I didn’t feel good, I wouldn’t even consider it. But I feel good. I’d like to play.”
Thome hit .252 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 163 at-bats split between the Phillies and Orioles last season. His 612 career homers ranks seventh on the all-time list. Thome was drafted by the Indians in the 1989 amateur draft and made his major league debut with the team in 1991.
Thome admitted that he wasn’t necessarily an everyday player but thought he could still contribute to a team:
“I think I can still play. The best thing for me is being a designated hitter somewhere. But if an NL team calls, sure I’d consider it. I still feel like I can give a team a veteran presence and get a big hit off the bench.”
Thome never won a championship ring in his 22 seasons in the league.