Columbus High alum Frank Thomas on 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 26, 2013 

Frank Thomas, two-time Most Valuable Player with the Chicago White Sox, speaks about his retirement from major league baseball during a press conference as U.S. Cellular Field, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in Chicago. During the news conference, the White Sox announced that they will retire his uniform No. 35 during an on-filed ceremony on "Frank Thomas Day" on Aug. 29, 2010 when the Sox play the New York Yankees.

M. SPENCER GREEN — AP

Former Columbus High standout Frank Thomas is on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot, which was mailed this week to 600 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Thomas went on to play at Auburn and also with several teams in the major leagues, most notably the Chicago White Sox.

Thomas won back-to-back American League MVP Awards in 1993 and '94. He placed in the top three in voting for the MVP three other times.

Thomas spent time at first base and at designated hitter in his 19-year career. He had 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs, to go with 1,704 RBIs and 1,494 runs scored.

The deadline for the writers to return their ballots is Dec. 31. The results will be announced on Jan. 8.

Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will join Thomas as first-timers on the ballot. A player must be retired five years before he can appear on the ballot.

They will join 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting.

Maddux won four straight National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95. He won 355 games and had a 3.16 ERA and 3,371 strikeouts. He won at 15 games 17 straight seasons.

Glavine won the NL Cy Young award twice in 1991 and '98. He won 305 games with a 3.54 ERA.

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