Some big news out of the Windy City today as the Chicago White Sox appear busy on a number of fronts.
First, shortly after Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas announced he’d be retiring from Major League Baseball, the club he starred with for so many years — the White Sox — informed the media that they’d be retiring Thomas’ No. 35 jersey.
A ceremony will take place on August 29th when the Sox will hold “Frank Thomas Day” to celebrate one of baseball’s all-time great sluggers. A five-time All Star, Thomas was just the 11th player in MLB history to win back-to-back MVP awards, turning the trick with Chicago in the 1993 and 1994 seasons. Thomas holds the franchise record in several offensive categories as well, including home runs (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs scored (1,327), extra-base hits (906), walks (1,466), total bases (3,949), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427).
The other big news is that the White Sox are now apparently getting in on the Johnny Damon sweepstakes. Damon, 36, was deemed expendable by the Yankees this offseason despite a solid 2009 season where he hit 24 home runs, drove in 82, stole 12 bases and finished with a solid .282 batting average.
For the Sox to land Damon, though, they’ll need him to turn down offers from a multitude of clubs. On Thursday, Central Division rivals Detroit offered Damon a two-year, $14 million deal according to FOXSports.com; the day before that, the Atlanta Braves offered up a one year deal reportedly worth between $4-5 million.
The Damon sweepstakes could play a major role when it comes to shifting MLB betting lines in the not-too-distant future. Currently, over at the Sports Interaction online sportsbook, the White Sox are 22/1 to win the 2010 MLB World Series; the other teams in the Damon Sweepstakes (Detroit, 25/1 and Atlanta, 20/1) are in the same ballpark as the Sox, so this should certainly be interesting.
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