“The Big Hurt,” he was once called as his home runs traveled miles off his bat. Frank Thomas but his wooden stick on the stitched leather of the baseball like no other human being has ever. He is not a name synonymous with steroids and has his name as clean as former Houston Astros‘ second baseman Craig Biggio or former New York Mets‘ catcher Mike Piazza. Thomas has 521 home runs to his credit and 1704 RBI and a .301 batting average over his time spent in the majors, a majority of the time with the Chicago White Sox.
Thomas was the power hitter that everyone feared. He hit more than 40 home runs in a season five different times and led the league in batting average in 1997. He won two American League MVP awards and is 18th on the all-time home run list. However, Thomas’ numbers are closely relate to former Astros’ first baseman Jeff Bagwell, former Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Fred McGriff and long-time major leaguer Jim Thome. Although he was hurt and did not play in the 2005 playoffs, Thomas did receive the illustrious World Series ring, however, when Thomas appears on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2014, he should not make the cut.
Not taking anything away from Thomas, he had a wonderful career spent in black and white, but if the baseball writers throw him in before Piazza or Biggio, there will be hell to pay. It is bad enough that none of the writers voted in Barry Bonds, the all-time leading home run leader, or Roger Clemens, seven-time Cy Young award winner, there is no reason that Thomas should go in.
Thomas has been making his rounds in the media lately campaigning for a Hall of Fame spot. In a recent interview, he said that steroid users were part of a secret society and called everybody who used steroids and put up high numbers, “fake.” Not only will Thomas have a hard time competing against Biggio and Piazza next year, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine also hit the ballot for the first time.
It is way too early to start speculating but regardless as to what “fake” numbers put up, you still see the ball and you still have to put the bat on the ball. In the real world Thomas is a Hall of Famer, but in the world that we live in where the best players do not get the most valuable award any athlete can receive and Thomas will not make it in 2014 or any time after that.