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White Sox bring back Thome as special assistant

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Jim Thome is back in the big leagues, but not exactly with the job he wanted.

At age 42. Thome still had a desire to play, but no offers came his way this season and the designated hitter-first baseman accepted a job from the Chicago White Sox as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn.

In his new role, Thome will work with major and minor leaguers.

"I don't think I could ask for a better situation than being in Chicago and with the White Sox," Thome said, according to

Thome played with the White Sox from 2006 to 2009. He ranks seventh in baseball history with 612 home runs and walks with 1,747.

Last year, Thome was still productive at the plate. He played in 58 games for the Baltimore Orioles and batted .252 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 163 at-bats.

The first 12 years of his career were spent with the Cleveland Indians. He returned to Cleveland for the 2011 season. Thome also has played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins.

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