Former five-time MLB All-Star Jim Thome, who played his last game in October 2012 for the Orioles, signed a one-day contract with the Indians on Saturday to officially retire in Cleveland. News of his contract was initially tweeted by Paul Hoynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
The news comes ahead of the ceremony on Saturday where a statue of Thome was unveiled at Progressive Field. Included in those present for the ceremony were managers Charlie Manuel and Mike Hargrove, GM John Hart and infielder Carlos Baerga.
Thome, who turns 44 later in August, spent his first 11 years in the majors with the Indians. He went on to play for the Phillies, White Sox, Dodgers and Twins before wrapping up his career in Baltimore two years ago.
He retires with a career 612 homers -- 337 of them with the Indians -- seventh all-time and behind only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr.
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