Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/28/12

HardballTalk on NBC Sports has the story about former Cleveland Indian Jim Thome having a handshake agreement with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf to join the club in some capacity following his retirement. Thome, 41, signed with the Phillies in the offseason following his stint at the conclusion of the 2011 season with the Tribe. This could be a blow to some fans who may have hoped for the same agreement between Thome and the Indians. Jimmy played with the White Sox from 2006-2009.

“When he left here to go to the Twins (in 2010), we kind of shook hands and agreed that, whenever his career is over, he’ll come back to the White Sox in some capacity, Reinsdorf said. He did say that he wants to live in Chicago. Whenever it’s over, hopefully I’ll see him back here. And I hope I live to see him go into the Hall of Fame.

Anything he wants, Reinsdorf said. I’d like to see him come to spring training, work with the young players. He’s a great role model. He really understands hitting. This is not just a guy who goes up there with a bat and swings. He understands hitting. We’ve talked about hitting a lot. He understands it. There’s a lot that he can impart. Just being around, you know. If he goes on to be a big league coach, that would work too.”

What say you, Tribe fans? Does this bother you considering Thome spent nearly three times as long with the Tribe as the ChiSox?

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