THe Big Hurt Retires: Inside The Numbers


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THE BIG HURT RETIRES: Away from the game since the 2008 season, Frank Thomas made his retirement official today. The two-time AL MVP and 1997 AL batting champ will leave a career .301 hitter, with 521 home runs and more than 1700 RBI in 19 seasons, 16 spent with the White Sox.

Let's go inside the numbers on Frank Thomas:

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Thomas was a 5-time all-star, making the team for 5 straight seasons from 1993 to 97. Thomas was the AL starter at first base in 1994 and 95.

Thomas never led the league in home runs, but did hit 521 in his big-league career, good enough for 18th all-time...

Thomas hit .347 in 1997, best in the American League. Thomas hit .301 for his career and ranked in the top 3 in the league in batting average 4 times...

And with those numbers, combined with his back-to-back MVP awards, including a unanimous selection in 1993, means Cooperstown could be calling. He'll be eligible for induction in 2014.

Frank Thomas Career Highlights

* 19-year MLB career (1990-2008)

* .974 OPS ranks 15th all-time

* 5 seasons with at least 40 HR

* 4-time Silver Slugger

* 2nd all-time in HR as a DH (269)

* Won back-to-back AL MVP in 1993, 1994

* Hit .300 every season from 1991 to 1997

* Hit over .300 10 times

* Member of 2005 WS champion White Sox

Other Notable Home Runs

* July 11, 1995- Hits 2-run HR in All-Star Game

* September 15, 1996- Hits 3 HR in game at Red Sox, all vs Tim Wakefield

* July 2, 2003- Walk-off HR vs Eddie Guardado on the 11th pitch of his at-bat to give White Sox an 8-6 win

* May 22, 2006- Hits 2 HR vs Jon Garland in first game back in Chicago vs White Sox

* September 11, 2006- Hits HR in 6th straight game, best streak of his career

* October 3, 2006- Hit 2 HR in ALDS Game 1 at Twins