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White Sox hire Jim Thome as special assistant to GM Rick Hahn

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Jim Thome is back with the White Sox, but not to wear this uniform again.
Jim Thome is back with the White Sox, but not to wear this uniform again. (USATSI)

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Jim Thome spent parts of four seasons with the Chicago White Sox, racking up 134 homers and 369 RBI. And now he'll return to the franchise in a front-office role.

The White Sox announced Tuesday that Thome has been hired as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. There's no specific word as to what Thome's job will entail just yet -- unfortunately for the White Sox it's doubtful he'll have anything to do with the offense, as they rank at or toward the bottom in most offensive categories in the AL.

What's interesting is that throughout the spring Thome insisted he wasn't ready to retire. He's still never officially announced his retirement from baseball, though taking this position seems to serve as de facto notice that he is, in fact, retired as a player.

Thome, 42, spent 22 seasons in the majors. He hit .276/.402/.554 with 612 homers (seventh all time) and 1,699 RBI (24th all time).

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