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Frank Thomas

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Sports Speaker Frank Thomas aka “The Big Hurt” is one of the most intimidating designated hitters and first baseman ever to play in Major League Baseball. He played for 3 teams during his 18 year career most notably with the Chicago White Sox and also the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays. In his first year on the ballot, Thomas was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 along with Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

Frank Thomas was a 2-sport athlete at Auburn University originally joining the school on a football scholarship before being drafted 7th overall by the White Sox in the 1989 MLB draft. Sports Speaker Frank’s career numbers are impressive, becoming the 21st player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs, and one of only a handful of baseball greats such as Ted Williams and Hank Aaron to reach 500 home runs with a career batting average above .300. He set multiple walk records showcasing his keen eye for balls and strikes and how much his menacing hitting prowess affected the opposing pitcher. A 4-time Silver Slugger award winner, he was the first player to win the award at 2 different positions and is now second on the list for most home runs by a designated hitter after David Ortiz only recently broke his record of 269 homers.

Frank Thomas is well-known for being an advocate for drug-testing in baseball since the mid 90’s, and was never in question for using performance enhancing drugs despite his huge physique and power. After the end of his career he has continued to work with the White Sox franchise as a member of the broadcast team for Comcast SportsNet and local WGN news coverage of the White Sox games. He has been utilized as both a color commentator and a studio analyst.