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Jim Thome intends to return for 2012

Updated: October 24, 2011, 3:55 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Jim Thome tied The Bambino on Monday.

Now, he wants to get a little closer to Babe Ruth's home run total, too.

The 41-year-old slugger became the first ballplayer to address the City Club of Cleveland since Ruth did so on July 17, 1925, and said he still has the passion to play.

Whether or not that is with the Indians or another team will be determined after impending free agents become eligible to start negotiations five days after the end of the World Series.

"I'll ...

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