Monday, February 15, 2021

HOF Frank Thomas

It was nice of Topps to put Oakland Athletics legend Frank Thomas' name on the front of his final base Topps cards. Though it's hard enough to see in this scan, it is there. 

After 1997 Frank Thomas didn't lead the lead in any card-back stat, but his first 8 years were mighty fine. He won a batting title in '97, he was MVP twice, he was a four-time Silver Slugger, a five-time All-Star, and he was a really big guy. He still is. His MVPs were in back-to-back years, 1993 and 1994 (and in neither year was he the league leader in RBI or HR). And just one American league player has won that award in consecutive years since: Miguel Cabrera in 2012 and 2013. 

Frank Thomas was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee and he went in with two amazeballs pitchers: John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. He earned 83.7% of the vote, behind 97.2 and 91.9 for the former teammates, respectively. That is a pretty exciting group of players. 

Interesting factoid is that Thomas' last four years are a palindrome, of sorts: OAK, TOR, TOR, OAK. 

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4 comments:

  1. His skill set was just amazing. Power, walks and average. He was an offensive machine in his prime!

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  2. Man, when I was a kid, you wanted Griffey or Thomas in a pack.

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  3. I'll be featuring him in my post tomorrow. He was a beast. Always enjoyed watching his highlights and was very happy he played his last MLB game as an Athletic.

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  4. Heck of a baseball card back. Man those stats. He was so good!

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