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I still have the Bill James baseball book that came out after his 60 game rookie season. Basically, James said "That is really what his OBP is going to be." He didn't win the Rookie of the Year despite hitting like Frank Thomas from day one in the major leagues. (Technically, it took a couple of years for enough of his doubles to turn into HR to reach full value.) The 60 games, with a lot of the value tied up in OBP, didn't sufficiently impress that year's voters, and then he wasn't eligible the next year.
What did Thomas's stats look like in college ball at Auburn?
Too bad he couldn't have had a better second half to his career
...since I take monstrous deductions for playing DH.
Choosing between the two of them for DH, it's basically a question of durability vs. peak ability. McGwire was a better hitter at his best, but he had trouble staying in the lineup.
do you think Thomas being on the ballot will help or hurt Martinez, since Thomas also played DH more than he played the field?
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