Jim Thome would not be the best manager option for the White Sox
There have been a lot of names tossed out there when it comes to the search for a new Chicago White Sox manager to replace Tony La Russa.
Some of them are actually people being interviewed and some of them are the opinions of people as “good fits”. Both can create a good conversation about whether or not that idea would work.
The Chicago White Sox should be that team that is considering anything right now. 2022 was such a disaster that everything should be on the table. To be honest, it would be hard to be worse than Tony La Russa was for the White Sox during his tenure.
Scott Merkin, who covers the White Sox for MLB dot com, wrote a tweet about the fact that Jim Thome would make a good manager in this league. He just threw it out there and didn’t even necessarily say for the White Sox but it got the community talking.
Jim Thome would not be a great fit as a manager with the White Sox right now.
Right now, it does seem like it wouldn’t be the best fit for the White Sox. He would be a first-time manager coming to a team simply because he has a Hall of Fame resume as a player. He also played for the organization which is something that the White Sox typically like.
He just doesn’t seem to fit what Rick Hahn is looking for in a manager. Hahn isn’t perfect by any means but Tony La Russa was forced on him in 2020. It is time for him to have one final shot at finding the right manager for himself. Hiring Thome would suggest that he didn’t do that.
This is a guy that is one of the game’s all-time great hitters. He could provide a lot for young guys trying to hit in this league. He just hasn’t done anything yet to warrant a job like this.
If the White Sox want to move forward believing that they are contenders, they need to stay far away from Jim Thome as the manager. He’d be a great hitting coach to begin his post-playing career but the White Sox need something a bit different than what he would provide.