Legendary baseball slugger Frank Thomas made it official today. He is retiring from baseball, although he really didn't play last season either. Thomas will also get his jersey retired by the team he spent the majority of his career with, the Chicago White Sox, this upcoming season.
Thomas, finished a very successful career with 521 home runs, a .300 plus batting average and probably will be headed to Cooperstown sometime in the future. Even through the steroid era, Thomas' size, strength and hitting ability were never questioned. A former football and baseball player at Auburn, he was just a big dude with some game.
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Thomas, who could at times be not totally comfortable or friendly with the media, never the less leaves with a huge legacy in the city of Chicago. The White Sox were not always the best team during his tenure, but with him in the lineup, they were always a threat.
We suspect Thomas will be visiting Cooperstown somewhere on or around 2014, though it is hard to tell with the bizarre election practices that the Baseball Hall of Fame has. We think that he more than others however will be a fairly easy choice.
Check out this video that the poster says was "Frank's 1st game/at bat in the Majors". May be...notice the different number (he wore 35 most of his career). Interesting never the less. Thanks You Tube: