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Frank Thomas: THT: The Truth Hurts

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John Brattain over at The Hardball Times takes a look at Frank Thomas' Hall of Fame credentials. I'm always interested in an outsider's perspective, because clearly, I am not an impartial observer. -- I'd put him in the hall yesterday.

He most concisely sums up Frank's candidacy like this:

If I had to write a book "Frank Thomas' Hall of Fame Credentials For Dummies" I would sum it up thusly:
  1. Greatest overall offensive player in the American League since expansion.
  2. Has apparently done it without the use of anabolic steroids.
  3. Is the only player in major league baseball history to have seven consecutive seasons with at least a .300 average, 20 home runs, and 100 runs/RBI/walks, and maintained the streak despite two campaigns shortened by a strike. The only other player to have as many as six such seasons is none other than "The Splendid Splinter."
  4. Despite playing positions lowest on the defensive spectrum he was a five-time top three finisher in MVP voting with back-to-back awards in 1993 and 1994.
He's first ballot material.
I'd add and addendum to point #4. -- Frank finished second in MVP voting to a known steroid abuser in 2000. -- Every eligible player with three MVP awards is in the Hall of Fame.