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Frank Thomas: No sympathy for tainted stars

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CHICAGO (AP) - Retired Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas says he feels even better about his career after watching steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens fail to gain entry to the Hall of Fame.

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The Big Hurt also believes he should make it on his first try next year.

Thomas said Saturday that ``watching all the nonsense unfold'' makes him feel ``prouder'' of his career.

Bonds, Sosa and Clemens were denied in their first year of eligibility amid suspicions by some voters that their accomplishments were boosted by performance-enhancing drugs. Mark McGwire, 10th on the career home run list, received 16.9 percent of the vote on his seventh try, far short of the 75 percent needed for election.

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