During his 22 years in MLB, slugger Jim Thome certainly made a name for himself. 612 home runs, 2,328 hits, a five-time All-Star and a Silver Slugger Award winner are just a few of the accolades Thome accomplished while playing for six different organizations.
And although the sweet-swinging lefty still says he isn’t ready to announce his retirement, he has hung up the cleats for the time being and joined the Chicago White Sox as a special assistant to GM Rick Hahn.
Thome, who played three-plus seasons on Chicago’s south side, told the media Tuesday afternoon, “I don’t think I could ask for a better situation than being in Chicago and with the White Sox.” From working hand in hand with both Hahn and Chicago’s assistant GM Buddy Bell, to spending time at all of the Sox Minor League affiliates, Thome figures to be a key asset to the Sox front office.
When you look at his resume and the type of person he is, this move makes total sense for the White Sox. Thome not only brings a baseball mind to the organization, but he also gives Chicago someone who is well-liked throughout the game and is certain to excel at any position given to him.
For now, he will serve as an assistant to the GM. However, Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has already said he believes Thome would make a fantastic manager. And if you asked Thome himself about what other positions he could tackle in Chicago, I’m sure he’d probably tell you he could still hit cleanup if the White Sox needed a left-handed bat.