Ripken did have one (and got some fairly nice foundation donations):
But the deluge of the last 3 years is pretty rare. Like I say, I could have seen one for Thome even though he spent time w/different teams at the end.
I think the league would have liked to honor him that way but I also think he's the type who wouldn't have wanted the pomp and circumstance.
Yep ... this is what I was thinking when you first suggested Thome in this regard. But one thing the other article pointed out was that those of the last 3 years ... Jeter, Rivera and Jones ... were not just great in baseball, had long careers, but were with one team, being synonymous with their respective teams. And that could be said of Ripken as well. Thome didn't have that 'synonymity.' Also, he never 'announced' his retirement prior to a season ... he just kind of ... was done.