Comments on: Farewell Frank Thomas http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Tomepp http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11280 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:03:10 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11280 JR: I remember one time when Frank Thomas hit a bird with a pitch... oops, never mind. Or how about that time he caused John Kruk to turn around in the batter's box in an All-Star game... Oops, wrong future HoFer again.

Frank was a quiet guy who simply put up big numbers - year in and year out - throughout the first half of his career. He didn't stir up controversy, and he didn't do "spectacular" stunts, either intentionally (a-la Neon Deion Sanders) or unintentionally (a-la the Big Unit examples above). Quite simply, there aren't that many anecdotes to tell - but I will tell you this: Frank Thomas topped my most wanted players list for my Strat-O-Matic league for over a decade - and I had the likes of Keith Hernandez and John Kruk playing First Base!

Frank Thomas may not have gotten the media hype of some of his contemporaris, but he had the respect and admiration of true baseball fans everywhere.

]]>
By: Jeff James http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11251 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 05:56:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11251 Both Gary Matthews were All-Stars

]]>
By: Jeff James http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11250 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 05:51:11 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11250 If Jose Cruz Jr. could have made the All-Star team in 2001 ...

]]>
By: Jeff James http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11249 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 05:48:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11249 Somehow, Sandy Alomar Sr. was also an All-Star

]]>
By: Jeff James http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11248 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 05:47:07 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11248 I believe there were two Bobby Joneses . . .
. . . that both played for the Mets . . .
. . . at the SAME TIME (in 2000)

]]>
By: Besty http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11245 Sun, 14 Feb 2010 00:15:55 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11245 Neither really had what you'd call a great career but I find it interesting that there were two MLB players with the seemingly uncommon name of Steve Ontiveros.

]]>
By: Brooklyn Lou http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11236 Sat, 13 Feb 2010 12:40:38 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11236 There is one facet of Frank Thomas' career I didn't care for- He never liked playing the field, and hence, was just a D/H for over half of his career. The stats are there for sure, a batting title, 2 MVP's, a championship (albeit, he didn't play), 500 homers... but again, he was in reality, just a part time player. Should he get in the HOF? Sure, especially since everyone was juicing up, and he didn't it.

]]>
By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11229 Sat, 13 Feb 2010 01:38:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11229 The Indians had two All-Stars named Al Smith. One was a pitcher who was an All-Star in 1943 and the other was an OF-3B who was an All-Star in 1955 and later with the White Sox in 1960. He played on both the 54 and 59 non-Yankee pennant winners (Yankees won every other year between 49 and 64.

There was a Sam Jones who had some All-Star caliber seasons in the AL in the 10s and 20s. Later in the 50s, Sad Sam Jones pitched in a couple of All-Star games for the Cubs and Giants.

I'm just scanning common names... likely more.

]]>
By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11228 Sat, 13 Feb 2010 01:26:00 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11228 For *any* duplicate name pairing, I think there are too many to list. Andy's original distinction that both of them be All-Stars is a reasonable way of narrowing the pairs of players down.

]]>
By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4509/comment-page-1#comment-11226 Sat, 13 Feb 2010 00:05:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4509#comment-11226 The Hispanic name pool has fewer possibilities, so I know there have been instances of someone with a Hispanic name surpassing someone else with that name who was considered pretty good himself.

]]>