Thome ponders retirement as 20th season ends

Thome ponders retirement as 20th season ends

NEW YORK -- Jim Thome's 20th season in the Major Leagues came to an end on Saturday night in the 6-1 loss to the Yankees that completed their sweep in the American League Division Series.

But based on the tone of Thome's comments after the game, this season likely won't be his last.

"I love the game, I'd love to come back," Thome said. "I really would. Minnesota is a great place. So we'll see how the winter goes."

While Thome, 40, has indicated before that he has enjoyed his time in Minnesota and would definitely think about returning to the Twins, the veteran slugger said on Saturday that he would wait to make a decision about his future until he returns home to his family. He said he wants to get their input on everything before he thinks too much about his future.

"I'm going to go home and spend a little time with my family and my kids," Thome said. "I've been away from them all summer off and on. Nice to see them every day, take my daughter to school. Be an everyday dad. I'll sit down with my wife and talk about things, see where we're at.