Frank Thomas Inducted In 2014 With 83.7% Of The Votes
The “Big Hurt” was a larger than life, home run swatting machine throughout his 19-year major league career. The 2-time MVP owns an impressive .301/.419/.555 career slash line with 521 home runs. Thomas spent the majority of his career on the southside of Chicago with the White Sox after being drafted 7th overall by the pale hose.
The Blue Jays link to Frank Thomas came in the offseason of the 2006 season when they inked the slugger to a two-year deal. The hulking first baseman was solely assigned as a designated hitter during his tenure in Toronto. Thomas had a respectable season in 2007 in a Jays uniform batting. 277 with 26 home runs and 95 runs batted in and a 2.2 WAR in 155 contests.
Unfortunately for Thomas, his Blue Jays experience did not go as initially scripted, with the Blue Jays releasing the Hall of Famer in April 2008 after hitting .167 in the first 16 games of the season. Thomas would be 39-years old at the time of his release but would still latch on with the Oakland Athletics in what would become the last season of his illustrious career.
When all was said and done, Thomas would play 171 of his 2322 career games as a Blue Jay. The Blue Jays manager during his stay in Toronto was none other than John Gibbons, who was in his first go-round as the Jays skipper under general manager J.P. Ricciardi.
Authored by Clayton Richer