I don't understand the mentality here that if a guy once played for our organization, he has nothing to offer.
Thome is well loved around baseball and is a future hall of famer. I would have to think that he has *something* to offer as far as insight into the game.
The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done." -George Carlin