Thomas' retirement wrapped up Hall of Fame career
Over 19 big league seasons, Thomas’ legendary bat left every big league pitcher longing for that day.
Thomas finished with 521 home runs, 1,704 RBI, 1,494 runs scored, 1,667 walks, a .301 batting average and a .419 on-base percentage. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year eligible in 2014.
“I’ve never understood why players say they don’t think of the Hall of Fame,” Thomas said early in his career. “I want it. I’m not embarrassed to say that. I want to be the best.”
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum