Jim Thome may be done playing baseball, but the former White Sox slugger isn’t ruling out a different approach to the game: managing.
Thome, currently a special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, told the Chicago Sun-Times about the possibility of managing in the future.
“There is a side to me that wants to manage someday and prepare myself for it if that opportunity came calling,” he told the Sun-Times. “I’d want to be ready.”
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who turned 78 today, believes Thome has the intangibles required to be a manager.
“Someday he’ll be a manager; that’s what he’ll be,” Reinsdorf told the Sun-Times.
While his playing career may not be finished, Thome has already compiled a legendary resume at the plate. The 22-year veteran hit for a .276 career average with 612 home runs and 1,699 RBIs. His home run total ranks seventh all time behind Ken Griffey Jr’s 630.
Perhaps Thome could become one of those “player’s managers” we hear about around the MLB; Thome has a rare connection with his teammates as evidenced by a Sports Illustrated poll when he was named the league’s “nicest player” after surveying 290 of his peers.
“Jim is probably the most positive guy I’ve been around,” Konerko told the Sun-Times. “Whether it’s a person in baseball or on the street, he handles people right.
Thome posted 134 home runs and 364 RBIs in from 2006-09 during his playing time in Chicago.