The Big Hurt is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he should let others do his talking

The Big Hurt is a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he should let others do his talking

I hate to say this, I really do. But Frank Thomas needs a lesson in humility.

Let me be clear. When Thomas reached the major leagues I said that Sox fans have been waiting their whole lives for a slugger like this and in my view The Big Hurt is unquestionably a first ballot Hall of Famer. That means if all goes well, a year from now he'll be making early preparations for his July acceptance speech. But Thomas should let others do his campaigning instead of taking the risk of turning off members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America with comments like the following that he made at SoxFest.

* "I think three of us have resumes that should be in there on the first ballot (indicating himself, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine). I spent my whole career working my butt off and hopefully I'll get what I deserve."

* "My resume speaks for itself. Losing a third MVP to a guy who admitted he was using PED (Jason Giambi). I think that would have put me at another level that only a couple of guys have enjoyed ever in this game. The 12-year run I had was incredible, very historical. So, I think I've done enough to be a first-ballot Hall of Famers."

In my view no one should question Frank's numbers: a .301 bating average, 521 homers, 1,704 RBIs, 1.494 runs scored, a .419 on base percentage, 1,667 walks, only 1.397 strikeouts, those two A.L. MVPs and the World Series ring even though he wasn't on the 2005 postseason roster.

But Frank, for your sake and the sake of Sox fans who want to celebrate your induction, please lie low. Don't force the issue. These writers are a prickly bunch and you can lose votes by saying you deserve the Hall of Fame nod.

The facts and the endorsements from your peers will be enough.

 

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