Frank Thomas, one of the greatest right-handed hitters in the history of baseball, officially announced his retirement last week.
Next stop for the Big Hurt? Cooperstown.
Thomas hit 521 home runs and finished his career with a .301 batting average. Enough said.
"It took a while to get to this point...but I had to get baseball out of my system before I made this announcement," Thomas said at U.S. Cellular Field. "I am happy with this announcement; I'm at peace with it. I had one heck of a career and I am proud of it."
The Chicago White Sox immediately announced that they plan to retire Thomas' No. 35 jersey during a special ceremony on Aug. 29.
"I am very, very proud and honored," said Thomas, who wound up his career with brief stops in Oakland and Toronto. "If it was up to me, I would have played every year of my career in Chicago. But I understand pro sports. As guys get older, they move around. But this is where I always wanted to be. To have my number retired here is a huge honor."
Thomas indicated that several factors entered into his decision to retire. Mainly, he felt it is time to spend more time with his family.
"Physically, I probably could still play, but mentally I am not there anymore to play. After being away from baseball for 14 months, I have spent more time with my family than I ever have in my life. Sometimes there are more important things in life than, I guess, being an entertainer out on the field."
Thomas, 41, has a 15-month-old son with his wife, Megan. He also has a 17-year-old son and daughters 15 and 13.
Following revelations that so many other superstar sluggers took steroids during their careers, Thomas' numbers now sound more impressive.
"I did things the right way; I worked my butt off," said Thomas. "I took pride in being the first one there and the last one to leave every night because I was doing my workouts. I am really proud I had the career I had. I am just proud of the way I did it."