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|2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you think Frank Thomas will be in the same boat as Jeff Bagwell and Mike Piazza? In which they all played in the era of big power hitters but have smoke of PED's around them even though there is no hard evidence?|
(Steve G. from STL)
|Thomas was the one player who talked to George Mitchell for his infamous report, which sets him apart from everybody else, and he doesn't even have what Piazza and Bagwell both do - admissions that they used androstenedione during a time when it was still legal both in the eyes of the government and baseball (a set of facts I'm surprised few writers mention; see their candidate profiles at http://mlb.si.com for the links). I think he'll be helped by that but hurt by the fact that something like 55% of his career was spent as a DH. He'll get in, but maybe not on the first ballot. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)|
|2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||This might be overly cynical, but do you really think that the portion of the HOF electorate who automatically vote against anyone who played in the 90s due to steroid suspicion actually know (or care) that Frank Thomas talked to George Mitchell? I'd be surprised if a majority of the portion who no longer primarily write about baseball know or care about that fact. Tangentially, do you know what percentage of the voters are not actively covering baseball? |
(PBuEsq from St. Louis)
|If there's one thing the writers collectively have, it's a LONG memory, but anti-PED era fervor could still work against Thomas. As for the tangent, if the BBWAA trims their rolls, we'll have at least a partial answer. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)|
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