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Frank Thomas | Designated Hitter

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (45) / 5/27/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 275
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Auburn
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The White Sox will retire Frank Thomas' No. 35 in August.
A nice and well-deserved nod for The Big Hurt. Whether you think Thomas allowed his career to run on too long, or have loved him from day one, it's hard to deny that he put up some absolutely stellar numbers. The 41-year-old will take a bow with 521 career homers and a .419 career OBP. Fri, Feb 12, 2010 11:08:00 AM

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Frank Thomas officially announced his retirement from baseball.

The 41-year-old hangs his cleats up with 521 home runs and a career .301 batting average along with a .419 OBP. "The Big Hurt" played for the White Sox for 16 years starting in 1990 before finishing up with cameos in Toronto and Oakland, last playing in 2008. He won back-to-back MVPs in 1993 and 1994 and has a strong case for Hall of Fame enshrinement. However, Thomas spent the majority of his time as a DH, which will hurt his Hall of Fame chances.
Thu, Feb 11, 2010 07:41:00 PM

Frank Thomas said he is "close" to announcing his retirement.

"I'm getting close to announcing my retirement because I just turned 41," Thomas said on ESPN 1000. "I just want to make sure that it's the move I really want to make. I don't want to be one of those guys that keeps coming back and keeps saying, 'I'm unretiring, I'm coming back.' I want to make sure it's out of my system." Thomas may not completely have it out of his system, however, as he added: "I'm still in shape, ready to go, if anything happens." Thomas finished last season with the A's.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Jun 25, 2009 04:19:00 PM

40-year-old free agent Frank Thomas reiterated Monday that he still wants to play.

"If nothing comes in due time, it will be time to retire," Thomas said. "But until then, I will still wait it out, see what happens. I'm fine with it one way or another." He's willing to delay a decision on retirement until the All-Star break, but injury concerns may ultimately keep him from inking a deal.
Tue, Mar 31, 2009 08:51:00 AM

Frank Thomas said Tuesday that he's "just a little shocked that there is nothing pretty much available right now" because he's "in excellent shape and ready for a big year."

"Who knows? It may be my time to leave the game," Thomas said. "But I don't feel that way. I just don't get it. In my eyes, I know I can go out and hit 35 to 40 home runs, drive in 120 runs. That's the way I feel." Thomas still has enough patience and power to help some teams as a part-time player, but the future Hall of Famer hit .240/.349/.374 while missing half of last season with a quadriceps injury and turns 41 years old in May.
Wed, Feb 18, 2009 10:21:00 AM

Athletics declined to offer salary arbitration to Frank Thomas and Alan Embree.

Both were Type B free agents. The decision means the A's won't get any extra picks in next year's draft.
Mon, Dec 1, 2008 11:13:00 PM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's will not offer Frank Thomas arbitration by Monday night's deadline.

Thomas is a Type B free agent, but would likely accept arbitration and force the A's into bringing him back on an expensive one-year deal.
Mon, Dec 1, 2008 09:20:00 AM

Athletics transferred designated hitter Frank Thomas from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.

His season is officially over. Thomas ended up hitting .263/.364/.387 with five homers in 186 at-bats for the A's. He's almost always been a slow starter and gotten better deeper into seasons, but he never had much of a chance this year because of the quad injury that cost him June, July and now September. He probably has at least one more year left in his bat, but it remains to be seen whether any team will want him as a starting DH in 2009. Mike Piazza and Sammy Sosa couldn't find that kind of work last winter.
Wed, Sep 3, 2008 04:49:00 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Frank Thomas' (quadriceps) return this season "appears extremely doubtful."

Thomas is scheduled to undergo further testing after being placed on the disabled list over the weekend and the newspaper notes that he may require surgery. If he's indeed done for the year, the 40-year-old finishes at .240/.349/.374 in 71 games for the lowest OPS of his career.
Mon, Sep 1, 2008 09:29:00 AM

Athletics placed designated hitter Frank Thomas on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quad.

Just as it seemed he was pulling out of his recent slump. Thomas apparently aggravated the strain that cost him June and July. The A's will likely put Jack Cust back at DH now, with Aaron Cunningham getting many of the open at-bats in the outfield. Emil Brown also figures to benefit.
Sat, Aug 30, 2008 08:47:00 PM

Frank Thomas was ejected from Thursday's game in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes.

Rajai Davis replaced him in the game against the Mariners.
Fri, Aug 22, 2008 12:14:00 AM

Athletics activated designated hitter Frank Thomas from the 15-day disabled list.

That fills one of the two holes they opened up on Wednesday. Thomas' return as the primary DH will put Jack Cust back in left field for the most part.
Thu, Jul 31, 2008 06:38:00 PM

Frank Thomas is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Thomas took live batting practice off Keith Foulke on Wednesday, and says he doesn't need a rehab assignment because he'll be able to help the A's now. He did admit it will be two weeks until he's back at full speed.
Wed, Jul 30, 2008 03:34:00 PM

Frank Thomas (quadriceps) said that he doesn't want to go on a rehab assignment.

The team would likely prefer it, but a decision will be deferred until Wednesday. Thomas is taking batting practice and running the bases, and could be back this weekend if he doesn't need a rehab start.
Tue, Jul 29, 2008 10:50:00 AM

Frank Thomas (quadriceps) ran at greater intensity on Saturday.

"I didn't feel like Gumby this time," Thomas said after the workout, which he claimed was much more productive than Friday's. He continues to take batting practice and should begin a rehab assignment in about one week.
Sun, Jul 27, 2008 10:46:00 AM

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