Jim Thome was the Cleveland Indians' star of the 90's. He was a fan favorite, not just for his mammoth power numbers, consistency and genuinely nice-guy personality, but also because he was part of one of the greatest offensive units the franchise had ever seen.
Thome is beyond the twilight of his career. He can't play everyday and is a part-time designated hitter and part-time bench warmer. He doesn't hit 50 homers anymore and the only gloves he puts on now are to hit...and perhaps cook. He is a shadow of his former self.
However, Thome's shadow could still be a powerful presence in a cleanup spot for the Tribe. Travis Hafner is back on his seemingly monthly disabled list trip and the lineup has about as much thump as Andy Marte's bat.
A reunion in Cleveland would be too good to be true. 2007 saw Kenny Lofton return to Cleveland after a six year deployment and it led to a playoff berth. 2011 may see more of the same if Thome returns to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario for more Tom Hamilton home run calls...