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Roger Maris, PED user.
will we ever know the sordid truth behind UL Washington's 10 HR season in 1982?
I'll never understand the appeal of Jim Rome. Is it the smug look or the 5 second pause between every word? Jim Everett should have finished the job.
“I knew it was shady when Sammy Sosa hit 60 home runs,” Thomas said.”Sammy Sosa was my teammate for three years coming up. So watching his career and watching him grow, for three years he was capable of only 20-25, 27 home runs at the most… there’s no way Sammy doubled me up.
“I hate to bring up names,” Thomas said, “but Skip Bayless even said the other week, ‘How did I walk through the door without any suspicion?’ And I would like to have a conversation with him because I walked the walk and talked the talk from Day 1.”
Amazing image, btw Repoz.
So McGwire not hitting 96 in a season means he was really clean the whole time or that PEDs don't work?
@20: Well, to be fair, he was injured...
I'm not sure what Thomas has to gain with his constant kvetching...
Nothing. Which is why the more he says it, the more credible it is.
If I'm Sammy Sosa I'd be lounging in the warm breeze with an umbrella drink laughing at the tv that Frank Thomas still has his knickers in a twist about ancient history. Jeez Frank, you are in the Hall of Fame. Quit ######## about the valet parking you had to endure at the Cell already. Does Thomas enjoy anything?
I wonder if Ray would be mad if there was a magic pill that could make you win 20% more motions
Like Jeter, Posada it was difficult to watch his former teammate become the most infamous man in the sport.
“It’s tough to see a friend go through that,” said Posada, who has been unable to make contact with Rodriguez. “The game of baseball is tough at times. He’s got my support… It’s tough to watch. You just hope he can move on.”
Not surprisingly, Goose Gossage had strong feelings about Rodriguez.
“I think A-Rod got what he deserved,” the Hasll of Fame closer said. “You hate to see it happen to him, but I think the punishment fit the crime.”
I was a big Thomas fan and defended him a few days ago, but he is making himself look worse and worse with each interview.
Did he think it odd that 35-year-old Julio Franco cranked out 20 in just 500 PA in 1994?
 He played nearly every game up until the beginning of September then was done for the year. I didn't recall him nagging issues that season, I seem to recall people hand-waving away the struggles(insomuch one can struggle with an OPS approaching .900) to his divorce.
Was there an injury he was fighting through all season? This was the famous white flag trade season, so I can't imagine they'd have been pressing for him to stay in the lineup all August if he was hurting.
And let there be no mistake: he DID make it in by screaming that everyone else was cheating.
I don't remember the exact timing, and BB-Ref and my browser are not willing to cooperate with each other, but there was a HUGE ballpark switch for Sammy when he went from Old Comiskey, which was Death Valley, to Wrigley, which was, well, Wrigley.
I guess I'm a little confused as to the shock that Frank has been an obnoxious blabbermouth on this. Frank always had an amazing ability to stick his foot in his mouth at just the wrong time. He did that throughout his career in Chicago. Never anything that was noteworthy years later, mind you, but if I had a dime for every time my dad said, "Boy, that guy just doesn't get it," 15-20 years ago, I'd have a s#*t load of dimes.
This is all very in-character for Frank.
If that's all it takes, rather than bloviating about how clean you are; Jeff Bagwell, who could actually play the field without embarrassing himself, would be in the hall of fame.
Grover, that link said nothing about him suffering from a bone spur all season. It was obvious he was injured when he stopped playing games in the beginning of September.
Something tells me if you weren't a huge Frank fan you'd see an issue with:
Or at least frame it in the context you did with Sosa (I'm not saying that means he used, but...)
Sosa's HR rate increased because he stopped swinging at everything.
And no, I have no idea why Frank Thomas has gotten jealous and cranky in his retirement.
Frank's age 37 AB/HR of 8.8 is better than any in Sosa's career (although Sosa has many that are close).
Thomas was a great all-around hitter in his prime -- not many Ks, lots of BBs, lots of LD, few GB. He hit off the front foot, known for not generating tons of power. He didn't swing wildly. As a hitter he was more Gary Sheffield (13% HR/FB) or a more powerful Brett than he ever was McGwire or Thome. If he wanted to make a run at 50-60, he needed a different style.
Could there be a more classic candidate for steroids use? A mountain of a man child who graduated from Auburn's football program in the 80s and went on to hit 500 major league home runs, and who had something of a a mid-career resurgence, fighting off injury and decline to rebound to two 40+ HR seasons and one of 39.
####, there was even a draft scouting report the other day that indicated that Thomas was "a huge man" and needed to lose weight even at the age of 21.
Yes. After he went through Auburn's steroids-fueled program.
Just curious, why do most regulars here believe that steroids had no effect on any player's performance?
These clips show why Sosa got so much better as a hitter. The reason behind them is that he got more strength. I don't think Sosa's gains were based upon PEDs, but these should show how PEDs could make a difference.
At this point I would pretty much be shocked if Thomas didn't use. It seems like he's been obsessed with all the home runs others were hitting for quite some time now. That's been a rather eye opening part of his recent comments, to me. He didn't give this level of detail before, to my knowledge. Now the more he talks the more we learn that it was all about home runs for him the entire time.
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