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Jim Thome has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires

Jan 28, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

Jim Thome

41-year-old Jim Thome isn’t done mashing taters off big league pitchers, but he has a job waiting for him when he retires.

According to Chuck Garfen of, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at SoxFest last night that he and Thome have a handshake deal for the veteran slugger to work for the team when his playing career is over.

“When he left here to go to the Twins (in 2010), we kind of shook hands and agreed that, whenever his career is over, he’ll come back to the White Sox in some capacity,” Reinsdorf said. “He did say that he wants to live in Chicago. Whenever it’s over, hopefully I’ll see him back here. And I hope I live to see him go into the Hall of Fame.”

“Anything he wants,” Reinsdorf said. “I’d like to see him come to spring training, work with the young players. He’s a great role model. He really understands hitting. This is not just a guy who goes up there with a bat and swings. He understands hitting. We’ve talked about hitting a lot. He understands it. There’s a lot that he can impart. Just being around, you know. If he goes on to be a big league coach, that would work too.”

Thome was mentioned as a possibility for the White Sox hitting coach job prior to signing a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Phillies in early November. The club has since hired former major-league infielder Jeff Manto to join Robin Ventura’s staff.

Thome currently sits in eighth-place on the all-time list with 604 career home runs. He doesn’t figure to get many at-bats with the Phillies this season, but Sammy Sosa (in seventh place with 609 career home runs) is within striking distance.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    The buzz on Thome has always been that he’s a class act. Good to see he’ll have a place to wait for the Hall to call.

  2. bleedgreen - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    I think that anywhere Charlie Manuel is working in any capacity will have a job for him as well.

  3. Matt Adams - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    29 other teams likely share the sentiment. Everybody loves The Jimmers.

  4. Matt Adams - Jan 28, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    29 other teams likely share the sentiment. Everybody loves The Jimmers.

  5. sosascork - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Great news for the ChiSox!

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