One day removed from breaking the MLB record for most career walk-off home runs, Jim Thome says he may not retire at the end of the season as widely expected. Speaking to CSN Philly, the 41-year-old Thome said his excellent performance through the month of June has him reconsidering his plan to ride off into the sunset.
“It showed me that I can still play,” Thome said in an interview with Scott Palmer on the Phillies pregame show, Behind the Pinstripes, Sunday afternoon. “And to be honest, it really questions whether or not this will be my last year, to be dead honest.”
In 14 games, Thome is hitting .317 with 15 RBIs and five home runs in the month of June. His most recent homer not only broke the walk-off record, it also tied Thome with Sammy Sosa for 609 career home runs. Thome had indicated throughout spring training that this would be his final season, but has yet to officially announce his exit from the game. In 22 major league seasons, Thome owns a .277 batting average and 1,689 RBIs.