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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Margalus: 10 minutes with Frank Thomas before his Hall of Fame day

On the vote

“The Hall of Fame committee told me to watch [the Baseball Think Factory Hall of Fame Gizmo] because it’s been pretty accurate over the last couple years. It’s a good judge, a good gauge, but don’t buy into it 100 percent.”

“You talk yourself into it, and that final day, you get really nervous about things, so I’m just really happy I got in on the first ballot and don’t have to worry about it anymore.”

On Jose Abreu

“I don’t have any questions about him. He’s a tremendous hitter, tremendous player. He’s as advertised. They said he was the best hitter in the world—that the world hadn’t seen yet—and he’s proven it.”

“But I think the second half will bring some adjustments for him. I don’t think teams are going to feel like they can get him out as easy anymore, when it starts coming down to the playoff run. He’s proven himself, and now teams are saying, ‘Hey, this guy hits that good.’”

“You’ve got to pitch him in and out, up and down. You have to move the ball around on him because he’s a very good hitter, and he can hit the offspeed stuff. That’s what’s great about this player, because it starts with being able to handle the curveballs and changeups, and he definitely can do that.”

On Dayan Viciedo

“I think he’s an over-swinger, but he’s got tremendous bat speed—something you can’t teach—and he uses the whole field. He just needs someone, a mentor or coach, with him every day, tell him every at-bat is the same old thing, and he’ll figure it out sooner or later.”

“It’s discipline. He’s got to believe: Same pitch, same approach, every pitch. Once he believes that, you’ll start seeing more consistency.”

“If he swung 90 percent instead of 110 percent every time, he’d be a much better hitter.”

Thanks to Carlos.

Repoz Posted: July 15, 2014 at 07:54 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lassus Posted: July 15, 2014 at 08:19 AM (#4750525)
I have to wonder what on earth he actually said - "that thing where they keep track online - there's a monkey on the page"?
   2. bobm Posted: July 15, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4750549)
Hall of Famer Frank Thomas Helped Legitimize White Sox

1/8/14 [...]

Thomas admitted the past few days had been stressful as an announcement drew close, but he also said he had been following the Baseball Think Factory's vote count, which tracked Thomas at 89.4 percent of the vote.

"I was watching that Gizmo thing because people said it had been accurate," Thomas said.
   3. Batman Posted: July 15, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4750555)
"It’s a good judge, a good gauge, but don’t buy into it 100 percent. 'It's a trap!' I thought to myself, while listening to Pavement and wondering if it was even legal. But Mr. Reinsdorf's sister told me Repoz is on great actor, even though his children should be taken away and he should be stabbed in the neck," Thomas continued. "And Mike Crudale."
   4. #6bid has 0 to 2 technicals Posted: July 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4750589)
"It’s a good judge, a good gauge, but don’t buy into it 100 percent. 'It's a trap!' I thought to myself, while listening to Pavement and wondering if it was even legal. But Mr. Reinsdorf's sister told me Repoz is on great actor, even though his children should be taken away and he should be stabbed in the neck," Thomas continued. "And Mike Crudale."


Thomas continued, "Also, don't click on any links to images. People always act like it's gonna be a cute girl or something cool, but it's always the same old lady."
   5. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4750597)
I wonder what he thinks about steroids.
   6. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM (#4750600)
I hate it when players like Frank Thomas & Chris Truby & Albert Belle, all of whose fathers are the district attorney, mash up BTF memes.
   7. T.J. Posted: July 15, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4750623)
Whereupon, Mike Piazza said, "Behold! What does this have to do with Frank Tanana?" and Whitey Herzog said he'd listen if BBTF called.
   8. sotapop Posted: July 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4750626)
*drinks Bushmills, passes out*
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 15, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4750691)
Thomas continued, "Also, don't click on any links to images. People always act like it's gonna be a cute girl or something cool, but it's always the same old lady."

"Every time I fall for it, I feel like I'm the biggest idiot ever."
   10. Nasty Nate Posted: July 15, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4750699)
“It’s discipline. He’s got to believe: Same pitch, same approach, every pitch. Once he believes that, you’ll start seeing more consistency. If he swung 90 percent instead of 110 percent every time, he’d be a much better hitter. Consider this an opportunity for dialogue and education.”
   11. jmp Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4750747)
I wonder what he thinks about steroids.


For someone who talks about the silliness of obsessing over steroids, I think you should look at who brings it up more than you.
   12. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 15, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4750789)
Never saw him question Tony Abreu.
   13. asinwreck Posted: July 15, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4750892)
Primey for #35.
   14. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 15, 2014 at 03:39 PM (#4750895)
Primey for #35.


Wow. Talk about putting pressure on somebody.
   15. The Run Fairy Posted: July 15, 2014 at 03:57 PM (#4750927)
Frank hit 1.000/1.000/1.000 against me! I hope he thanks me in his speech!
   16. Leroy Kincaid Posted: July 15, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4751272)
Wrong thread.
   17. T.J. Posted: July 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4751448)
Primey for #17.

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