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Frank Thomas takes on new role in White Sox front office

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Frank Thomas takes on new role in White Sox front office

After a one-year absence, Frank Thomas couldn’t be more pleased to return to the White Sox as a special consultant to business operations.

The Hall of Fame first baseman announced late Saturday afternoon that he has rejoined the club and would work closely with vice president of sales and marketing, Brooks Boyer.

Thomas -- a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2014 -- had previously left his ambassador role in the White Sox front office when he became a national television analyst for Fox and Fox Sports 1. Though the Big Hurt, who lives locally in the northern suburbs, will continue his work with Fox, he also realized he had enough time and desire to rejoin the White Sox.

“I’m really happy to be back here and to come back with a role to the team that, a place that I spent my entire life it seems like, and to be a help anywhere I possibly can,” Thomas said. “It’s a good role for me because I’m back and forth still with the TV stuff. So when I’m not in L.A., I’ll be here at the ballpark helping out and doing things.

“I’m happy to be back with the team. I always want to be around this team. You guys knew that and I never wanted to leave this place. So many memories, so many years. Just come back now and watch what’s going on, my ex-roommate is the manager. It’s a good thing.”

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The White Sox lost two key ambassadors last season with the deaths of Minnie Minoso and Billy Pierce. While Boyer said Thomas would handle some ambassador duties, he would have a number of expanded duties and a significant role.

“There will be a corporate hospitality piece to this, where he’ll be Frank Thomas,” Boyer said. “But he’s talked about going on sales calls. He has talked about entertaining at the ballpark. He’s going to sign stuff for charities and a lot of stuff the ambassadors do. But he’s going to talk to season ticket holders, and to be able to put him in front of what’s going on out on the field. There’s no one better than Frank Thomas to talk to him about what’s going on there. He’s going to be a significant part of the marketing department.”

Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Triple-A Charlotte

Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem

The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.

Class A Kannapolis

Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: