Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Slugger Jim Thome expressed interest in managing a baseball team, saying he wants to compete at a high level.
“This is the thing in this job I’m in now — I want to look at what the next phase is for me getting back on the field, competing at a high level,” Thome, who now works as special assistant to Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, told ESPN.
“There is a side to me that wants to manage someday and prepare myself for it if that opportunity came calling. I’d want to be ready,” added Thome, who hasn’t officially announced his retirement from playing.
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Thome has the ability to be a manager. “He can be a batting coach. He’d be a great batting coach, but someday he’ll be a manager. That’s what he’ll be,” Reinsdorf said,
Thome received more support from former teammate Paul Konerko, who said Thome’s communications skills will be the key to his success as a coach.
“Jim is probably the most positive guy I’ve been around,” Konerko said. “Whether it’s a person in baseball or on the street, he handles people right. That’s more of the bulk of the work now because you have a lot of people helping you make decisions.”