Frank Thomas was one of the most lauded sluggers in Major League Baseball for nearly two decades. While he has been retired since 2008, he still finds a way into the headlines with occasional appearances on television and other media. Being a player of his caliber paid well, too, as Thomas accumulated a hefty fortune both on the field and off of it.
Frank ‘The Big Hurt’ Thomas’s career
Thomas began his career as a White Sox player in 1990 and spent the next 15 years of his life sending the ball over the fence. While many professional baseball players have to make their reputations on both sides of the field, Thomas was an unabashed designated hitter and, save for occasional appearances at first base, had no qualms about being an offense-only player.
By his fourth year in the MLB, Thomas was an All-Star and an MVP, and by his fifth year, he was a two-timer in both of those regards. Although the mid-nineties were the best years of Thomas’s career, he never relented in his ability to send the ball over the fence. Some tried to downplay his impact, claiming that the 6’5″, 240-lb slugger was cheating like so many others, but Thomas got by with power and dedication to his craft.
He hit for over 40 home runs five times throughout his career, and even in his late thirties, as things were winding down, he had a 39 home run season with the Oakland A’s. Thomas finished his career with 521 home runs, 1,704 RBIs, and a batting average of .301. His years of domination at the plate earned him an induction into the Hall of Fame.
Thomas as a pitchman
For better or worse, Frank Thomas remains in the spotlight thanks in part to endorsement deals across the spectrum. During the height of his playing days, he was the face of a baseball video game called Frank Thomas’ Big Hurt Baseball. He has also been the face of energy drinks and a wide variety of other products. More recently, his decision to endorse one product, in particular, has garnered some not-so-positive headlines.
Since 2018, Thomas has been the face of Nugenix, a testosterone supplement that claims to help male vitality as well as offer other benefits to men everywhere. Despite these claims, however, experts in the field have stated that testosterone is only necessary for those with low levels and should not be taken as an over-the-counter pill. Abusing testosterone, according to Forbes, can lead to a variety of problems, including heart problems.
Regardless of the controversy, however, Thomas has continued to push the product and sold it as a major reason why he can stay in athletic shape as he goes into his fifties.
How much is Frank Thomas worth?
Frank Thomas earned $107 million throughout his career. However, some of his spendings would go on to hurt his pocketbook. In 2014, he listed a mansion for sale for $2.5 million. That mansion had been purchased 17 years earlier for a hefty $8 million sum — a $5 million hit on his wallet.
Despite the occasional mishap and arguably questionable means of making some extra money, Thomas remains a very rich man. He is reportedly now worth over $60 million. In a world where many athletes end their careers and lose all of their money, Thomas has kept his going, and the Big Hurt is feeling quite well.
Frank Thomas has now been in the spotlight for over 30 years, and as such he has made a lot of money. His charming personality combined with his talent on the baseball field made him an easy target for lucrative deals on and off the field. He might not be making the billions of a Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, but Thomas is doing just fine and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.