I competed in that era. I played at a high level in that era. There are a lot of great players, but as it unfolds, a lot of it was not the real deal. I know 100 percent I was the real deal.

Former White Sox great Frank Thomas, talking to The AP.

Thomas was my favorite player growing up. And he’s never been anywhere near any of the steroid controversies. He should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer next year, no question.

[via @selviano]

Yes, but:

Cabrera is back on the Giants’ 40-man roster as of Friday. Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans says, “Cabrera’s status regarding the postseason remains unchanged” after the club announced Sept. 27 it wouldn’t add Cabrera for any round.

Good for the Giants. They had the right to put him back in the lineup, but they’re not going to do it. Of course, he hasn’t played a game in months. But he is still a guy that was leading the league in hitting at .346 when he was suspended in August.

An interesting side note: Cabrera was the MVP of this year’s All-Star Game. He led the National League to a win, thus ensuring home field advantage in the World Series. So if the Giants beat the Cardinals in the NLCS and make it to the World Series, they’ll have Cabrera to thank for the home field.