Thomas headed to 'big leagues' as baseball analyst

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Just in time for his entry into the Hall of Fame, Frank Thomas is moving up to the broadcasting big leagues.

Thomas will join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as players inducted into the Hall this summer. He said Saturday he's completing details on an agreement to work this season as a studio baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1, based in Los Angeles. The network has not announced Thomas' new role.

He has worked the past three seasons on local broadcasts for Comcast in Chicago. He said he expects to continue to have a role with Comcast this year.

"I've been doing pregame and postgame the last three years in Chicago," Thomas said. "I've stayed involved that way. This is more a call to the big leagues. I've been doing local the last three years, and getting a call as well as the Hall of Fame was great."

Thomas said his year has been a whirlwind. On Saturday, the Columbus native was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

"It's great to see a career fulfilled in this way," he said. "It was a great career and acknowledgement means everything."

He said he has no sympathy for those excluded from baseball's Hall because they took shortcuts with performance-enhancing drugs. He won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs.

Thomas said if he'd taken the same shortcuts as some of his peers, his career could have been even greater.

"No doubt about it. I'll be honest, I lost a lot," he said. "I probably lost another two MVPs. I lost probably another 150 home runs or so, if you think about it. I could have had one of those historical careers, but I'm proud of what I did.

"I'm not a sore loser because I had so much fun in the major leagues. I know a lot of guys had great talent against me. I know guys made decisions a lot of them are regretting right now, but I've never been one who was all upset with them because they made the decisions. They made them for their families," he continued. "But I've already told a couple guys, don't come crying now, though. Once you crossed that line, don't come back crying when something is found out, and a lot of guys did that. That's the only thing that upset me, because guys knew what they were doing."

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