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Thome accepts deal to Indians

Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:17 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 10:00 pm
Jim Thome is going home: The slugger has accepted a trade to Cleveland in which the Indians will send a player to be named later to the Twins.

Thome accepted the deal late Thursday following the Twins' 6-1 loss to Baltimore.

Cleveland is struggling to hang on in the AL Central, where Detroit has opened up a 6 1/2-game lead over the Indians and a seven-game margin over the White Sox. Thome fills an immediate need for designated hitter in Cleveland, where the Indians this week lost Travis Hafner to a foot injury. There is a good chance Hafner will miss the rest of the season.

Thome, 40, had full no-trade powers in Minnesota, and his return to Cleveland undoubtedly will become one of the final month's most emotional storylines. Thome began his career in Cleveland in 1991 and played there until leaving as a free agent after the 2002 season.

He is not the player he once was, but he still has long-ball power every time he steps to the plate. He is hitting .243 this season with 12 home runs in 238 at-bats. He became only the eighth player to reach 600 home runs last week when the Twins were in Detroit.

Still, it's all hands on deck right now for the Indians, who are 33-49 since May 24 and have lost 13 games in the AL Central standings.

After the Indians put in a waiver claim on Thome on Wednesday, manager Manny Acta playfully tweeted midday Thursday as negotiations between the two clubs continued, "People, we all want Jim Thome. Some things you can buy, some things you can't. ... For everything else there is Mastercard."

Despite being gone for most of the past decade, Thome returns to Cleveland as the Indians' franchise leader in homers (334) and walks (997). He also ranks second all-time in club history in RBI (927), fifth in runs scored (917), fourth in total bases (2,633) and third in on-base percentage (.414) and extra-base hits (613). He is a five-time All-Star.

"Jim Thome is a Hall of Fame-caliber player and person," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. He has meant so much to this organization -- both on and off the field -- and it is an honor to bring him back in an Indians uniform where he created so many great memories. Having his bat and presence in the middle of the lineup certainly improves our team."

Thome's reception upon returning to Cleveland over the years has not always been pleasant, due largely to an unfortunate comment he made in 2002 to the effect of people would have to rip the uniform off of him before he left Cleveland.

That winter, however, after the Indians had fired manager Charlie Manuel -- who is as close with Thome as anybody in the game -- and with the landscape changing in Cleveland, Thome accepted Philadelphia's free agent offer of six years and $85 million. Some in Cleveland never forgave him for that. This homecoming, a fitting bookend to the first several chapters of Thome's career on the banks of Lake Erie, should, by all rights, make Thome an Indian once and for all.

On a side note, Twins president Dave St. Peter tweeted that Jim Thome Wind-Up Walker Night -- seriously, set for Friday night in Target Field as the Twins host Detroit -- will go on as scheduled.

"The Twins org wishes Jim Thome the best," St. Peter said Thursday evening in a separate tweet. "It's been an honor to have him wear a Twins [uniform]."

The player to be named the Twins will receive is not on the Indians' 40-man roster.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:09 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

Well this could be a good ending to Thome's career.  He can finish out with the team he started with. I don't know if he will really help Cleveland that much but it can be a feel good story for the year. See you in the Hall Mr. Thome. You really deserve it. A great player on the field and off.

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:46 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

I don't know if im the first to say this, and i keep seeing everyone saying they think he will retire next season, but now that he got traded to another team that won't make the playoffs i think he will come back to play one more year and try to get a ring. I really think he will sign a one year deal to come play in philly and be with charlie for his last year. He wants a ring and deserves it and even though he would be mostly a pinch hitter off the bench(probably would get some ab's at 1st also) he would love being with charlie every day and playing for a team that has a legitimate chance to win a ring. One more year Thome, please come to philly next year....

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:45 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

Jim Thome is a first ballot Hall of Famer and he will help the indians, but I don't thing it will be enough to catch the Tigers. Would like him to come back one more year, but rumor is he will retire after this year. He has been one of my all time favorites and I will miss see his name in the box scores.

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:08 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

Nice to see Thome possibly finish his career in Cleveland, unfortunately he wont help any.  Stick a fork in them they are done.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 3:04 pm

Hey Buckskipper

Hey Buckskipper?  You are a pretty hate-filled slob, aren't you?
Keep making fun of Detroit, "Mr. Cleveland" - it's SO original, and SO funny,
especially coming from a ritzy, glamourous town like yours.

Nobody cares about your waste of a city anyways...maybe thats where you should send your attention.

Also - I'm impressed with your baseball knowledge, especially when you said the following:

Indians rally to sweep Tigers, push home streak...

May 1, 2011 6:29 pm
I'm so happy the Tigers are terrible again!

You are an ignorant fool.  Maybe you need a few more years at Ohio State Community College.

Go back into your cave, you neanderthal.


Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:21 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

EXCELLENT thought and classy on your part - gee, just as Gentleman Jim !!!

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:20 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

As most are, I'm glad to see Thome going back to Cleveland. He's a class act who reached the 600 homerun mark while respecting the integrity of the game. It would be great to see him make an impact with the Tribe and help them climb back into the playoff mix. He may not be able to perform in the field on a regular basis, but his bat will certainly be a welcome addition. All the best to you, JT.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:50 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

I, for one, would LOVE to see JIMMY get a ring before he does retire.     And, it goes without saying, he has a MUCH better chance of getting that ring with the Phillies vs. the Tigers, Tribe or ( White ) Sox.     However, would he be a PH only ??   Uh, where else in the lineup would he play - even if to 1-2 times a week spell Ryan at 1B ???

At least in the AL, he can DH 4-5 games a week.

And, now we go back to the previous "comment" - the Tigers?  Nope.  The Tribe?  Doubtful.   The Chisox?   If he can let someone drive him to the Park and even then...   Nada !!!

Yanks / Bosox / Angels / Rangers ???  They would have snapped him up LAST winter, no ????

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:41 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

Thome is a great guy and a great ballplayer who should be a definite hall of famer. But he just made the worst decision of his career. He will regret not denying this trade after the season is over. Indians have no shot to make the playoffs and it's a fluke how close they have been all year. Obviously that start was a fluke since they have a horrible record since May 24th which is a long time. You should have blocked this trade and came to philly, where you would actually have a shot to win a ring. hopefully you don't retire after the saeason so we can sign you to a 1-year deal and get you that ring that you deserve and you can win it with charlie who is your favorite vasevall person ever. Good luck though thiws year with the Indians. I will be rooting for you to win, but just cant see any way it happens. If somehow the Indians do win the Central they will get swept in the first round anyway. I hope i'm wrong though for Jim's sake...

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:31 pm

Thome accepts deal to Indians

Stay in Chi-town or wherever you are...................

Cleveland has SO much going for it now, I almost feel sorry for you.

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