Jim Thome Traded to Indians: 25 Players Who Returned "Home" Late in Careers

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Jim Thome Traded to Indians: 25 Players Who Returned
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Jim Thome is heading back to Cleveland.

Fans with any semblance of sentimentality are always gladdened to see a player return to the place where it all began. In this day of free agency and no-trade contracts, players have far more control over their own destiny than their predecessors. Fans are, more often than not, glad to see the return of an old familiar face, even if it often means that particular player is well past his prime.

Jim Thome dropped his no-trade clause and accepted a deal back to the Cleveland Indians, who may have lost DH Travis Hafner to a season-ending injury. More than a few times, such a homecoming has sparked a resurgence in a player's career. This list is by no means definitive or complete. It is a look at some of the game's most memorable names and their homecomings.

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