Frank Thomas feels robbed.
The man known simply as "The Big Hurt" will likely be voted into the baseball Hall of Fame early next year, his first time on the ballot.
But he feels his impressive resume -- 521 homers, .974 career OPS, five All-Star nods, four Silver Slugger awards, two MVPs -- could have been even better if it wasn't for one thing: steroids.
"I was the one player who was hurt the most [by PED users]," Thomas said in Joliet Monday, where he served as a guest speaker for the University of St. Francis Brown & Gold night. "All those years I finished second, third, fourth behind those guys, I probably could have won four more MVPs."
Thomas likely has a point in that he was one of the players hurt most by PED users during the 1990s and early 2000s. His name has never been linked with PEDs and his massive frame -- 6-foot-5, 240 pounds during his playing days -- didn't need any pharmaceutical help to generate power.
But it's hard to say Thomas would have won four more MVP awards. Apart from his two MVP wins in 1993-94, he finished in the Top 10 in AL MVP voting seven times in his career, but in the Top 5 just four times.
Craig Calcaterra at HardballTalk runs down the list of players who finished ahead of Thomas in those Top 5 finishes, with only Jason Giambi among confirmed PED users.
In Joliet, Thomas also sounded off on the White Sox leadership duo of manager Robin Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn.
Thomas thought Ventura was a bit too quiet when he first took over the Sox, but is seeing his former teammate opening up more and more as he gets comfortable.
As for Hahn, the Sox are coming off a 99-loss campaign in 2013, but made a splash early in the offseason by inking power-hitting first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year contract.
"I have confidence in Rick Hahn," Thomas said. "He's a good guy. But maybe he's lacking the heartbeat of the locker room. I always thought baseball guys should be assistant GMs. But he's not the only one. There are lots of guys out there who study all the statistics."