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Updated: August 4, 2013 6:38AM

The White Sox needed a feel-good story, so they went to the right guy in Jim Thome.

“Anybody who has been around Jim comes away after talking with him feeling better about everything,’’ captain Paul Konerko said.

Thome joined the Sox as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday. His responsibilities will include consulting with Hahn and assistant GM Buddy Bell, working with major-league staff and players and visiting minor-league affiliates as a player evaluator.

“It is nearly impossible to top Jim’s baseball resume with 22 seasons in the game,” Hahn said.

Thome played for the Sox from 2006-09. He is from Peoria and has a home in Burr Ridge.

Thome and chairman Jerry
Reinsdorf went on about their mutual admiration.

“It’s an honor to have him back here,’’ Reinsdorf said. “Before he left, we had a handshake that at some point after he was done playing, he was going to come back. Whether he was going to come back was never an issue. It was just a matter of when.

“I think Jim Thome someday will manage a Major League team. I think he has that ability. He’d be a great batting coach, but someday he’ll be a manager. That’s what he’ll be. Right now he’s going to be helping us out, evaluating the farm system, evaluating the younger players, he’ll be here and be a presence in our clubhouse, come to spring training and be a presence. I think it’ll be a real plus. And someday he’ll manage a Major League team.”

Asked about the possibility of getting back in uniform, Thome said, “The bottom line with stuff like that, all that stuff’s in the future. I look at the present moment. The present moment is I work under Rick Hahn and if he wants me to do something, I do it. Until all of that, if that happens, I don’t know if that’s the process, you’ll address that as it goes.’’

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