Hall of Fame Poll: Frank Thomas

Big Frank - Jonathan Daniel

Would you vote Frank Thomas into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

The Big Hurt, Frank Thomas, was a fantastic player in his prime and remained a good player into his late 30's.

He played 19 seasons, hit 521 home runs, 1667 RBI, 1667 walks with a .301/.419/.555 slash line.

He drove in 100+ runs 11 times, took 100+ walks 10 times, was an All-Star 5 times (you would have thought he'd make the team more often), he was MVP twice, won a batting title and won the Silver Slugger 4 times.

And there is this, borrowed from South Side Sox:

And if you're a peak voter, he's even better. His first eight years rank among the greatest in major-league history. From 1990 to 1997, he hit .330/.452/.600, good for an OPS+ of 182.

The top five:

Ted Williams, 195
Frank Thomas, 182
Ty Cobb, 180
Lou Gehrig, 179
Mickey Mantle, 176

He would be in the conversation for greatest right-handed hitter of all time.

And, no one credible has ever made the case he used PEDs. It's tough because people take it for granted the if someone hit more than 20 home runs in a season, he must have been on something.

To me, the only question is: does he go in wearing a Blue Jays cap?

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ IBB Pos Awards
1990 22 CHW 60 191 39 63 11 3 7 31 44 54 .330 .454 .529 .983 177 0 3/D
1991 23 CHW 158 559 104 178 31 2 32 109 138 112 .318 .453 .553 1.006 180 13 D3 MVP-3,SS
1992 24 CHW 160 573 108 185 46 2 24 115 122 88 .323 .439 .536 .975 174 6 *3/D MVP-8
1993 25 CHW 153 549 106 174 36 0 41 128 112 54 .317 .426 .607 1.033 177 23 *3/D AS,MVP-1,SS
1994 26 CHW 113 399 106 141 34 1 38 101 109 61 .353 .487 .729 1.217 212 12 *3D AS,MVP-1,SS
1995 27 CHW 145 493 102 152 27 0 40 111 136 74 .308 .454 .606 1.061 179 29 3D AS,MVP-8
1996 28 CHW 141 527 110 184 26 0 40 134 109 70 .349 .459 .626 1.085 178 26 *3 AS,MVP-8
1997 29 CHW 146 530 110 184 35 0 35 125 109 69 .347 .456 .611 1.067 181 9 3D AS,MVP-3
1998 30 CHW 160 585 109 155 35 2 29 109 110 93 .265 .381 .480 .861 126 2 *D3
1999 31 CHW 135 486 74 148 36 0 15 77 87 66 .305 .414 .471 .885 125 13 D3
2000 32 CHW 159 582 115 191 44 0 43 143 112 94 .328 .436 .625 1.061 163 18 *D3 MVP-2,SS
2001 33 CHW 20 68 8 15 3 0 4 10 10 12 .221 .316 .441 .758 94 2 D/3
2002 34 CHW 148 523 77 132 29 1 28 92 88 115 .252 .361 .472 .834 119 2 *D/3
2003 35 CHW 153 546 87 146 35 0 42 105 100 115 .267 .390 .562 .952 146 4 *D3 MVP-15
2004 36 CHW 74 240 53 65 16 0 18 49 64 57 .271 .434 .563 .997 156 3 D/3
2005 37 CHW 34 105 19 23 3 0 12 26 16 31 .219 .315 .590 .905 131 0 D
2006 38 OAK 137 466 77 126 11 0 39 114 81 81 .270 .381 .545 .926 140 3 *D MVP-4
2007 39 TOR 155 531 63 147 30 0 26 95 81 94 .277 .377 .480 .857 125 3 *D MVP-23
2008 40 TOT 71 246 27 59 7 1 8 30 39 57 .240 .349 .374 .723 97 0 D
2008 40 TOR 16 60 7 10 1 0 3 11 11 13 .167 .306 .333 .639 72 0 D
2008 40 OAK 55 186 20 49 6 1 5 19 28 44 .263 .364 .387 .751 106 0 D
19 Yrs 2322 8199 1494 2468 495 12 521 1704 1667 1397 .301 .419 .555 .974 156 168
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/1/2013.

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