Numbers On Steroids: Frank Thomas

Friday, March 06, 2009

Numbers on Steroids is a look at baseball players during the 90s to see if anything screams out at you.

Mr. Frank Thomas is up next, all 6 foot 87 inches and 2068 pounds of him.

Averages Say: Why the extra plateu in his mid 30s?

At Bats Per Home Run Says: Lowest at Bats Per Home Runs at 37? Hmm....

Explaining It Away

The man is about 8 men put into one. He's god damn huge. Additionally as an old man he's become much more of a straight power player than an all around hitting beast. If you take a look at his average and OBP it's been on a steady decline for over a decade now. The 37 anomoly in averages is simply due to playing in only 37 games. Him hitting 39 homers at 38 is a bit concerning but I think with testing, the assumption of solid health, and the concept of vengeance on the White Sox for getting rid of him that the numbers can be explained away pretty well.

The Verdict

Frank Thomas has always been a massive man. He put on some pounds in his later years, but his numbers nor his body type ever screamed steroid use.

Man Built Like Truck No Need Steroids

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Billy said...
3:02 PM  

Thomas is the one guy Canseco and all the other users say didn't use the juice. I remember a preseason game the White sox played against the Braves, when they showed Franks Mom she looked like Frank in a dress. In the early 90's a podiatrist I worked for tried to get Frank to, so that he strengthen his foot and stop fracturing it, he refused and played with a broken foot (First hand knowledge) Should have hit 600 plus and had 2 more MVP's

Anonymous said...
7:32 PM  

oh and he was pushing for testing in 1995!

Anonymous said...
7:39 PM  

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