CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas has announced his retirement following a 19-season career in which he hit 521 homers and won two American League MVP awards with the Chicago White Sox.
The Big Hurt made the announcement Friday. Considering he didn't play last season, the news was hardly shocking.
With his power and ability to hit for a high average, Thomas figures to land in the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible.
A five-time All-Star who batted .301, Thomas is tied for 18th with Ted Williams and Willie McCovey on baseball's home run list while driving in 1,704 runs. And in an era clouded by performance-enhancing drugs, he was outspoken against their use.
Thomas, 41, split his final three seasons between Oakland and Toronto, but he'll be remembered most for a 16-year run with the White Sox.