“Big Hurt” Announces Retirement

by on February 16, 2010   5 Comments

Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas announced on Friday that his career has come to an end. Thomas played 19 Big League seasons, 16 of which were with the Chicago White Sox. He hit 521 home runs, good for 18th all-time. With one more long-ball he would have passed both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey. Not only did he hit home runs, he had an On Base Percentage of .417(20th all-time). He won 2 American League MVP honors and was elected to the all-star team 5 times. He also won the silver slugger award 4 times. Thomas could get it done at the plate and was one of the best hitters of all time.

The only question as to whether or not Thomas will make the Hall of Fame is around the fact that he played so many games as the DH. This may be a legitimate question if he was strictly a DH, however he played nearly half (45% to be exact) of his games at 1st base. No one who ranks so high on the list of best hitters in the history of the game should be denied this honor because they did not play the field every day. Though he never won a gold glove, he was a respectable first baseman posting a .991 fielding percentage.

On top of all of these numbers, one must also remember that he played in the heart of the steroid era. The difference between Thomas and other players from this era is that there are no whispers of Thomas using steroids. He has been known as one of the biggest advocators among MLB players to baseball of steroids. Another reason why he is believed to be clean is because unlike several players throughout his career, he stayed close to the same size from start to finish. His rookie card displayed a weight of 257 while during his last season he is recorded as weighing 270. This cannot be said for Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens.

On August 29th, before a game against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox will retire his number 35 jersey. That as well as electing him into the Hall of Fame is the right way to reward Frank Thomas for a great career.

Author: Eric Somsel
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5 Comments »

  1. Canseco says Thomas is a fellow roider. Hard to believe a guy can be that big naturally, but man, he was an amazing hitter.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    February 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

  2. Personally, I have a hard time giving Canseco any creditability, however only time will tell for sure. It’s also worth noting that he was not on that rotowire.com list that was published as well.

    Comment by Eric Somsel
    February 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm

  3. I have a hard time giving anyone but Canseco credibility. He is he only guy that told the truth from the beginning – that is why he is black-balled in baseball. Rule #1 is what happens in the clubhouse (like Vegas) stays in the clubhouse (or at least stories you hear). Without Canseco, MLB would still have 30+ guys with 30+ home runs like they say in early 2000s and dudes would be looking like NFL lineman.

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    February 19, 2010 at 8:10 am

  4. I have a hard time believing Thomas used PEDs. He volunteered to be interviewed in the Mitchell Report and has been pro-drug testing for like 15 years. Thomas, in my opinion, is one of the few clean sluggers from that era.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    February 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm

  5. I don’t think it is too big of a stretch of the imagination to think one of the biggest (literally) sluggers of the steroid era could have been on the juice. And just because he volunteered to be interviewed and has pro-testing quotes doesn’t mean he didn’t use PEDs – it just means he doesn’t want to obstruct justice. A-Rod and Ortiz, among others, had pro-testing quotes out there prior to everyone finding out they tested positive in 2003. How many times did you hear Barry Bonds say he would take a steroid test?

    Facts are that in this day and age, and considering the salaries these guys make, they have the money to hire scientists like Patrick Arnold to invent new, more powerful, and completely undetectable performance enhancers. How do you test for something that doesn’t exist? Remember, if the anonymous track coach wouldn’t have sent samples of “the Cream” and “the Clear” to US Anti-Doping Agency, Barry Bonds would have 1200 home runs by now. Are we naive enough to believe Barry is the only one with the resources to hire people to invent PEDs similar to “the Cream” and “the Clear”?

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    February 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

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