Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but the former slugger has other things on his mind until then.

Thome, who clubbed 612 home runs over 22 MLB seasons, serves as a special assistant to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, along with appearing on MLB Network as an analyst.

Sporting News spoke with Thome about how he approaches his roles. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Sporting News: How have you helped the younger hitters in the White Sox organization?

Jim Thome: Going to spring training, and during the course of the year, going out to Charlotte, Birmingham, all of our affiliates. To me the greatest part of it is when you have one-on-one with Jake Burger, (Eloy) Jimenez, (Yoan) Moncada, and then at the end of the day, you watch a game, and they succeed and whether you have a little bit to do with that or not, that's what it's about. When I go and I coach and I watch my 10-year-old, ultimately, you get kind of the same feeling. This part of my life is about giving back to what I've feel I've been blessed. If I can have a little bit of just knowledge, or give Jake Burger something that makes him successful, to me that's what giving back to the game means. They've … given me a chance to stay in the game and love the game like I always have.