Jim Thome officially retires

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As recently as May, Jim Thome insisted he wasn't ready to make his retirement from baseball official. Though he hasn't played in the big leagues since Oct. 3, 2012, the 43-year-old slugger told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal that he planned on staying in shape and waiting by the phone, hoping for one last opportunity to destroy baseballs for a living.

Unfortunately, that phone call never came. But the chance for a satisfying ending still existed, and Thome took advantage of that opportunity on Saturday by inking an honorary one-day contract and making his retirement official as a member of the Cleveland Indians. - Mark Townsend, Big League Stew

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