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    Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Big Hurt decides to call it a career | whitesox.com: News

    My all time favorite player, good to see him finally call it a career so that his lifetime batting average wouldn't drop down below .300. It's too bad his best season was cut short by the strike, instead of McGwire/Sosa it might've been Thomas/Matt Williams for breaking Maris' record. Should go into the hall in 5 years, no doubt.

    quick edit: I just re-read and he hasn't filed the retirement paper, it's just the first time that he's said he's done. I'd like to see the Sox sign him to a 1 day contract so he can retire in uniform. He was the face of the white sox for a better part of 15 years.


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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Good call by him. I agree--he should absolutely do what Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith did, and sign with the home team for a day so he can retire with the team he represented for the prime of his career. Great player who always seemed to play with class when I read about him.



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Big Hurt decides to call it a career | whitesox.com: News

    My all time favorite player, good to see him finally call it a career so that his lifetime batting average wouldn't drop down below .300. It's too bad his best season was cut short by the strike, instead of McGwire/Sosa it might've been Thomas/Matt Williams for breaking Maris' record. Should go into the hall in 5 years, no doubt.

    quick edit: I just re-read and he hasn't filed the retirement paper, it's just the first time that he's said he's done. I'd like to see the Sox sign him to a 1 day contract so he can retire in uniform. He was the face of the white sox for a better part of 15 years.
    I like the guy, even though he's a White Sox, but he wasn't going to break Maris's record. Was only on pace for 51.



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    I thought he retired years ago.


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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    I thought he retired years ago.
    On a related note, is Dave Kingman still playing?



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    He'd still be a better DH than their current options.



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Quote Originally Posted by tman24 View Post
    I thought he retired years ago.
    Didn't play last year, injury riddled the previous 2 (actually injury riddled since 2001). His last decent year was 2006, as DH for the A's. Injuries pretty much killed his career towards the end, but he always had the pop. When his average started to drop IMO it was because he no longer had the bat speed to get around on the inside pitches. I love his swing though, get the bat on the ball, slide his mass forward and watch the ball fly out. Arguably the most feared right handed hitter of the 90's.



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    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Didn't play last year, injury riddled the previous 2 (actually injury riddled since 2001). His last decent year was 2006, as DH for the A's. Injuries pretty much killed his career towards the end, but he always had the pop. When his average started to drop IMO it was because he no longer had the bat speed to get around on the inside pitches. I love his swing though, get the bat on the ball, slide his mass forward and watch the ball fly out. Arguably the most feared right handed hitter of the 90's.
    Ah that would explain it.


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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    frank has been retired for two years, he just recently realized it


    read this post quickly - it might not last long

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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    My brother sat next to him at Eddie Guardado's celebrity poker tournament. It was amazing for him because he had been a Big Hurt fan ever since we saw Frank and Bo play the Gators. Frank was awesome to him and gets kinda a bad rap for his personality.



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    As a Sox fan, I'm happy to say he's one of the three best clean hitters to play for the Sox since 2005, as well as Jim Thome and Ken Griffey. Three guys who, if they aren't clean, no one is. Thomas and Thome have always been huge, while Griffey just had one of the sweetest swings ever. There's absolutely no reason Thomas isn't a Hall of Famer - the man was the best hitter in the AL in the mid-90s and had an unbelievable and unparalleled run of success in that decade.



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Frank just hasnt been the same since the crack down in steroids.



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Frank is my all-time favorite White Sox player...actually tied with Harold Baines (I must have a thing for DHs huh?)!!! Then Fisk, Guillen and Ventura.

    The end of Frank's career might have been in a White Sox uniform and in a much different way had Jason Giambi NOT juiced up and won the AL MVP narrowly over Frank in 2000. I believe Frank's options in his contract (that the White Sox later declined) became fully vested if Frank won an MVP after his huge contract was signed. Giambi cheating cost Frank a ton of money!



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    Quote Originally Posted by CRAZYGREG View Post
    Frank just hasnt been the same since the crack down in steroids.
    Ummm...read the Mitchell Report. Frank is thought to be the one of the clean players in an era that was full of cheaters! Frank lost a ton of money due to an admitted cheater winning the MVP in 2000. He also advocated for testing long before baseball took a public stance (if you could call it that)!



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    Re: Frank Thomas to officially retire

    His 1991-2000 stats are unreal. Hell of a 10 year run there.

    Frank Thomas Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights | MLB.com: Team

    Also didn't realize that he is part of an elite group of only four players (including Mel Ott, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams) to have at least a .300 batting average, 500 home runs, 1,500 RBI, 1,000 runs and 1,500 walks in a career.



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