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Full Name: Frank Edward Thomas Primary Position: DH,1B
Height/Weight: 6'5"/275 First Game: August 2, 1990
Birthdate: May 27, 1968 MLB Experience: 18 years
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Frank Thomas (Frank Edward Thomas) was born on May 27, 1968 in Columbus, Georgia. He made his Major League debut on August 2, 1990 for the Chicago White Sox. In 1990, his rookie year, he hit .330 with 7 home runs and 31 RBI. Thomas played for the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Toronto Blue Jays over the course of his 18 year career.

The White Sox selected Thomas in the first round of the 1989 draft with the sevent pick over all. The 1B/DH out of Auburn University (where he also played tight end) was also the second college batter taken in the draft, after the Texas Rangers took Donald Harris (outfielder, Texas Tech University) with the fifth overall pick. Other notable picks from that year's first round include Mo Vaughn (23rd overall) and Chuck Knoblauch (25th).

Thomas signed a week after the draft and made his Major League debut just over a year later. He made a near immediate impact, raking seven home runs and putting up an atmospheric .454 OBP in 240 plate appearances as the season came to a close. His hold on a spot in the 1991 Chicago White Sox lineup was lock-solid, and he did not disappoint, putting up a .318/.453/.553 line and earning a first place vote in MVP voting. His 1.0006 OPS lead the league, as did his .453 OBP and 138 walks, earning him a Silver Slugger at DH.

A year later, Thomas again shone—leading the AL in doubles (42), OPS (.975), and OBP (.439). However, Thomas was not selected to the All-Star game, and received only passing attention in MVP voting. Both honors would come the next year.

The 1993 Chicago White Sox won their division for the first time in a decade, and Thomas played no small role. The unanimous AL MVP, Thomas slugged 41 home runs and drove in 128 runs and was finally named to the All-Star team. Ironically, Thomas did not lead the league in a single major statistical category. He was fourth in walks—a category he dominated from 1991 through 1995—but nevertheless was among the most feared hitters in the game. One needs no further proof of this than his line against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 ALCS—17 at bats, 6 hits (one home run), and 10 walks.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1990 CHI A 60 191 39 63 7 31 .330 .454 .529 11 3 44 54 2 0 0 0 5
1991 CHI A 158 559 104 178 32 109 .318 .453 .553 31 2 138 112 1 0 1 13 20
1992 CHI A 160 573 108 185 24 115 .323 .439 .536 46 2 122 88 5 0 6 6 19
1993 CHI A 153 549 106 174 41 128 .317 .426 .607 36 0 112 54 2 0 4 23 10
1994 CHI A 113 399 106 141 38 101 .353 .487 .729 34 1 109 61 2 0 2 12 15
1995 CHI A 145 493 102 152 40 111 .308 .454 .606 27 0 136 74 6 0 3 29 14
1996 CHI A 141 527 110 184 40 134 .349 .459 .626 26 0 109 70 5 0 1 26 25
1997 CHI A 146 530 110 184 35 125 .347 .456 .611 35 0 109 69 3 0 1 9 15
1998 CHI A 160 585 109 155 29 109 .265 .381 .480 35 2 110 93 6 0 7 2 14
1999 CHI A 135 486 74 148 15 77 .305 .414 .471 36 0 87 66 9 0 3 13 14
2000 CHI A 159 582 115 191 43 143 .328 .436 .625 44 0 112 94 5 0 1 18 13
2001 CHI A 20 68 8 15 4 10 .221 .316 .441 3 0 10 12 0 0 0 2 0
2002 CHI A 148 523 77 132 28 92 .252 .361 .472 29 1 88 115 7 0 3 2 10
2003 CHI A 153 546 87 146 42 105 .267 .390 .562 35 0 100 115 12 0 0 4 11
2004 CHI A 74 240 53 65 18 49 .271 .434 .563 16 0 64 57 6 0 0 3 2
2005 CHI A 34 105 19 23 12 26 .219 .315 .590 3 0 16 31 0 0 0 0 2
2006 OAK A 137 466 77 126 39 114 .270 .381 .545 11 0 81 81 6 0 0 3 13
2007 TOR A 155 531 63 147 26 95 .277 .377 .480 30 0 81 94 7 0 0 3 14
Total 2251 7953 1467 2409 513 1674 .303 .421 .561 488 11 1628 1340 84 0 32 168 216

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1990 CHI A DH 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1990 CHI A 1B 51 51 420.1 428 26 5 53 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1991 CHI A DH 101 101 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1991 CHI A 1B 56 56 476.2 459 27 2 43 0 0 0 0 0 .996
1992 CHI A 1B 158 157 1406 1428 92 13 112 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1992 CHI A DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1993 CHI A DH 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1993 CHI A 1B 150 149 1300.2 1222 83 15 128 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1994 CHI A 1B 99 99 867 735 45 7 74 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1994 CHI A DH 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1995 CHI A 1B 90 89 772.1 738 34 7 67 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1995 CHI A DH 54 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1996 CHI A 1B 139 139 1232 1098 85 9 111 1 0 0 0 0 .992
1997 CHI A 1B 97 97 822.2 739 49 11 70 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1997 CHI A DH 49 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 CHI A 1B 14 14 114 116 6 2 12 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1998 CHI A DH 146 146 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 CHI A DH 82 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 CHI A 1B 49 49 421.1 385 18 4 40 0 0 0 0 0 .990
2000 CHI A DH 127 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 CHI A 1B 30 30 258.1 267 15 1 38 0 0 0 0 0 .996
2001 CHI A 1B 3 3 19.2 20 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .955
2001 CHI A DH 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 CHI A 1B 4 4 31 38 4 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 .955
2002 CHI A DH 140 139 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 CHI A DH 124 124 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 CHI A 1B 27 27 209 206 9 1 19 0 0 0 0 0 .995
2004 CHI A DH 65 65 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 CHI A 1B 4 4 32.1 31 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 CHI A DH 28 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 OAK A DH 135 135 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2007 TOR A DH 147 147 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 1B 971 968 8383.1 7910 497 80 776 1 0 0 0 0 .991
Total DH 1241 1239 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

Trivia

  • He was given the nickname "The Big Hurt" by broadcaster Ken Harrelson.
  • Thomas appeared in the movie Mr. Baseball (as a hot-prospect rookie who forces Tom Selleck's character off the Yankees) and made a guest appearance (as himself) on the TV show Married With Children.
  • In 1995, a Super NES baseball video game titled Frank Thomas' Big Hurt Baseball was released for home video game play, and Premier Technologies created a "Big Hurt" pinball machine, marketed under the Gottlieb trade name).
  • In 2007, he appeared in a promotional advertisement for the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he engages in a pillow fight with children. This ad drew the criticism of the Television Bureau of Canada, who requested a "Dramatization. Do not try this at home." disclaimer be placed on the ad. A similar warning was placed on teammate A.J. Burnett's commercial. The Blue Jays, humorously, scheduled a "Frank Thomas Kid's Pillow" promotion for September 2, 2007.
  • On June 28, 2007, Thomas became only the 21st player in Major League Baseball history to hit at least 500 home runs, after he hit a 1st inning home run at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
    • Coincidentally, Thomas hit his first home run of his career there back on August 28, 1990.
  • Thomas is one of only six players to hit 500 career home runs and accrue at least 1600 walks. The others are Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Barry Bonds.
  • Thomas was the first player in Major League history to win two silver slugger awards each at two different positions (1991 & 2000 at first base; 1993-94 as designated hitter).
  • He is one of four players (Eddie Murray, Hank Aaron, and Rafael Palmeiro) to collect over 500 career home runs and over 115 career sacrifice flies. This carries significance as some home run hitters are often chastised for putting their quest to hit home runs over a willingness to sacrifice oneself and advance the team.
  • Thomas was the only active baseball player to be interviewed during the preparation of the Mitchell Report. He did so voluntarily.
  • Thomas is also (currently) the all-time record holder for home runs by a designated hitter (261).
  • Thomas and teammate Magglio Ordonez tied a major league record for back-to-back homers, with six in one season.


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