Congratulations to former White Sox Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas who was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Thomas earned the prestigious award after receiving 83.7% first ballot votes and joins the other baseball greats in Cooperstown, NY, making many Chicago White Sox fans – and baseball fans – very, very happy.
Thomas joins other greats, former Cub Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. He is the first DH to be elected to the Hall. Frank is considered one the guys who played the game clean during the so-called “steroid era”. He was outspoken about is desire to clean up the game and was the only active player to participate in the Mitchell Report. He even suggested that his production might have led players to use PEDs.
Thomas was at a loss for words when he got the call that he had been elected. He always felt he would get enough votes, but to actually hear the words was amazing and he says it’ll take a few days before he absorbs it all.
Thomas is one of the greatest hitters in White Sox history and one of the greatest right-handed hitters in the history of baseball. There were ups and downs in his career that he has admitted he was the cause of some of those problems with teammates and the organization especially in his final year with the Sox. He didn’t appreciate being replaced by Jim Thome, which caused then GM Kenny Williams to tell Frank to stay out of White Sox business. All has been forgiven and Frank said he is so happy to be back with the organization as White Sox analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and is proud to enter the Hall as a White Sox.
His career is full of achievements and highlights:
-played with Sox: 1990-2005; Oakland A’s: 2006 & 2008; Toronto Blue Jays: 2007-08
-first HR at Minnesota Twins versus Gary Wayne in August 1990
-stats: 301 AVG; 521 HR; 2,468 HITS; 1,704 RBIs, 1,667 BB, 419 OBP
-5 time All-Star: 1993-97
-4 time Silver Slugger: 1991, 1993-94, 2000
-2 time MVP: 1993-94
-MLB Comeback Player: 2000
-HR Derby Winner: 1995
-AL Batting Champ: 1997
-World Series Champion: 2005
-#35 Retired by White Sox
-Hall of Fame: 2014
So, please join SDI in congratulating #35, Frank Thomas. You are a baseball legend. Check him out on twitter: @TheBigHurt_35