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Frank Thomas gets White Sox statue

CHICAGO -- The White Sox unveiled their seventh statue on the U.S. Cellular Field concourse Sunday, honoring the career of two-time MVP Frank Thomas.

Thomas is now frozen in bronze for all time above the bleachers in left field, in a pose where he has finished a home run swing with his bat raised high in the air in his left hand. Others the White Sox have immortalized in bronze are: Charles Comiskey, Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, Billy Pierce, Harold Baines and Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio in a statue together.

"I love it; they even got my nose right," Thomas said. "I was saying that I have been getting grief about my nose for so many years and Ozzie [Guillen] was riding me the other day saying they used a lot of clay on that nose. It's a good thing. It looks realistic and I'm proud of it. Most guys are dead and gone before they get to see something like this."

Thomas was a career .301 hitter with 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs. The five-time All-Star leads the White Sox organization in a number of offensive categories including home runs (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs (1,327), walks (1,466), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427).

"Right-handed hitting, I never see anyone better than him and I see good ones: [Paul] Molitor and Dave Winfield, [Kirby] Puckett and Robin Yount, [Edgar] Martinez," said Guillen, who was a longtime teammate of Thomas'. "I see a lot of great ones. The numbers Frank put up there was amazing. I think it was deserved."

His ceremony Sunday, and another last year when the White Sox retired his number, could be a prelude to the ultimate celebration which comes with entry to the Hall of Fame. Thomas won't be eligible for another three years.

"I try not to wonder, but every time somebody mentions that I cross my fingers," Thomas said. "There's nothing I can do now. My résumé is made and I just have to pray and hope just like everybody else in that situation."

Paul Konerko has no problem saying that Thomas has done enough to be a Hall of Famer.

"Frank has been the best hitter this organization has ever seen, so, I don't think [today] comes as a surprise to anybody," Konerko said. "Five years into his career, people probably knew this day would happen, and have his number retired and all of that.

"These are all the nice things Frank is going to get now that he's done playing. These little perks here, he's earned them. Next stop for him will probably be the Hall of Fame for sure."

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.