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:
- Greatest overall offensive player in the American League since expansion.
- Has apparently done it without the use of anabolic steroids.
- 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."
- 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.