Jim Thome joined Steve Stone and Mike Huff in the CSN booth during this evening's White Sox-Cubs matchup to discuss his role with the White Sox organization. In June, the future Hall-of-Famer was named a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn. His role with the ball club include consulting with Hahn and assistant GM Buddy Bell, as well as "working with the White Sox major league staff and players, and visiting White Sox minor-league affiliates throughout the summer, evaluating player performance," according to a press release sent out in July.
Here's some of what he had to say tonight. His entire interview is in the video above:
On his role with the organization: "Soon I'm going to go out and start bouncing around the minor leagues and start seeing our guys and seeing where they're at. We've got the amateur draft coming up, so I'll be a part of that, which is exciting. Obviously young guys, amateur players, that are getting into pro baseball now, and to watch that process from our organization and see how that goes for the first time, I'm really personally excited to be a part of it."
On the White Sox 3rd overall pick this June: "I think with the third pick, you want to do your homework which I know we will and they always say you don't want to make a mistake. You want to try and get the best available player when your pick comes up, and the way our scouts from what Kenny Williams does to what Rick does, we will put our homework in and put ourselves in a situation to get the best guy out there."
On what has impressed him most about GM Rick Hahn: "Rick's best attribute is how well he listens, and he truly is engaged with what you're saying. If you're talking about a player or the past of playing, he's a very good listener and he takes everything in and I think with how he's done and constructed our club this year, you've seen it pay off in a sense of the direction we're heading."
On his favorite part about being in a front office role: "It's cool from the other side, to see the things that happen and to be able to give input as a player that played a long time I think is very valuable. It's valuable for me to listen and it's also valuable to hear them and have them hear what I have to say."