I had the pleasure of watching Frank Thomas during his early days in baseball. Living in Chicago at the time gave me insight and access to seeing him play more than someone not sharing a home town with him.
But who would have thought that ‘The Big Hurt’ would have ended up having such an incredible career? Even as a rookie, you could see that he was extremely talented, but I don’t know if anyone would have expected him to reach the greatness that he did.
Check out how well Thomas’ stats match up to some of baseball’s elite players:
Make no mistake about it, Frank Thomas belongs in the same company with these guys and will someday join them in the Hall of Fame. But is he better? Does he deserve to be mentioned with a different class of players? Obviously his career batting average cannot compare to Ted William’s incredible numbers, but not many players have been able to equal or surpass them. Now take a look and compare Thomas to Mickey Mantle. WOW!!! I was shocked to see how equal these 2 careers have been. If Thomas played in New York, would he be the hero that ‘The Mick’ was back in the 1950’s and 60’s??? It’s certainly debatable…
Your thoughts? Where does Frank Thomas rank amongst baseball’s greatest hitters?