Special Assistant to the General ManagerChicago White Sox
Hall of Famer Jim Thome, one of eight players in major league history to hit 600 home runs, rejoined the White Sox on July 2, 2013 as a special assistant to General Manager Rick Hahn.
Thome’s responsibilities include consulting with Hahn and Director of Player Development Chris Getz, working with the White Sox major league staff and players, and visiting Sox minor league affiliates throughout the summer to evaluate player performance.
Thome, who was enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2018, hit .276 with 612 home runs, 1,699 RBI, 1,583 runs scored, and 1,747 walks in 2,543 games over 22 major league seasons with Cleveland (1991-2002, 2011), Philadelphia (2003-2005, 2012), the White Sox (2006-2009), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009), Minnesota (2010-2011), and Baltimore (2012).
He ranks among baseball’s all-time leaders in numerous categories, including home run ratio (5th, 13.76), walks (7th), home runs (8th), OPS (18th, .956), slugging percentage (22nd), and RBI (27th). Thome’s 612 homers are the fourth-highest total in major league history by a left-handed hitter, trailing only Barry Bonds (762), Babe Ruth (714), and Ken Griffey Jr. (630).
Thome hit 40 or more home runs six times and drove in 100-plus runs nine times. His 17 postseason home runs are tied with David Ortiz for the seventh-highest total in major league history.
Thome batted .265 with 134 home runs and 369 RBI in four seasons with the Sox. He hit his 500th home run on September 16, 2007 vs. the Angels and a game-winning solo shot on September 30, 2008 to give the White Sox a 1-0 victory over Minnesota in a one-game playoff at U.S. Cellular Field.
Thome and his wife, Andrea, reside in Burr Ridge, IL, with their two children: Lila and Landon.
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