Columbus native Frank Thomas announced at a news conference at noon today in Chicago to his retirement from Major League Baseball.
Thomas said he felt blessed that he played for the Chicago White Sox.
Thomas, a standout for Columbus High and Auburn University, has played 19 big-league seasons and had a career that will likely put him the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is eligible for election in 2014. Thomas last appeared in a game in 2008, playing in 71 games with Oakland and Toronto.
The announcement was made at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are expected to will retire Thomas' No. 35 at a ceremony prior to a game on Aug. 29 when the White Sox hosts the New York Yankees.
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Thomas played for the White Sox from 1990-2005. He has bounced around in recent years, playing for Oakland and Toronto. He will finish with 521 career home runs and a .301 batting average.
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