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Tekijawa
03-30-2006, 01:21 PM
Some how I don't see this working for very long... From Rotoworld:


Frank Thomas (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.asp?sport=MLB&id=1607) - DH - Athletics (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/clubhouse_news.asp?sport=MLB&majteam=OAK)
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Frank Thomas (ankle) said Wednesday that he would have no problem being benched several times per week in order for manager Ken Macha to spread at-bats around.
"He was saying how loaded this team is and how tough it is finding at-bats for everyone,'' Thomas said. "The guy who's swinging the hot bat will probably decide things a lot, but I told him that playing two out of every three games or something like that is fine with me. Whatever he needs to do to keep guys fresh.'' Mar. 30 - 10:02 am et
Source: [URL="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2006/03/30/SPGE3I0IAU1.DTL"]San Francisco Chronicle (http://www.rotoworld.com/lm/reports/teamhome.asp?leaguenum=&showtm=xxx)

lostletters
03-30-2006, 01:28 PM
Somehow I think the A's might blow up, because right now there are some players on thier team that do not exactly contribute to a good clubhouse atmosphere.

I think the As did well in the past because there were alot of young guys brought up through the organization, I am not sure this is the case anymore.

The Dude
03-30-2006, 01:30 PM
No way this lasts. They will hear the big mans wrath if he starts riding the bench for a while.

TDog
03-30-2006, 01:32 PM
With an incentive-laden contract, Thomas will have reason to complain about any lack of playing time.

Still, I don't see the NoCal media fixating on him the way the Chicago media did.

daveeym
03-30-2006, 01:37 PM
I think that might be an indication that he's not ready to go full bore either. In his mind he can play nice and say this because he'll need some days off and by the time he's at full strength I'm sure Frank's thinking his performance will make it a non-issue.

Ol' No. 2
03-30-2006, 01:58 PM
I think that might be an indication that he's not ready to go full bore either. In his mind he can play nice and say this because he'll need some days off and by the time he's at full strength I'm sure Frank's thinking his performance will make it a non-issue.You can extend this line of thinking through the whole season. He's got a much better chance of making it through the season if he sits one or two days a week.

palehozenychicty
03-30-2006, 02:07 PM
You can extend this line of thinking through the whole season. He's got a much better chance of making it through the season if he sits one or two days a week.

shazam. nothing new here to add at all. if the big man is raking, he'll be in.

SoLongFrank
03-30-2006, 02:44 PM
The incentives are tied to time on the 25 man roster. Not at-bats or any level of play stuff.

I genuinely think Frank thinks he came back too soon as an everyday player last year. If he's serious about playing 3 more years he's no longer looking at that scenario. He's fine with 2 out every 3 gms .

Nellie_Fox
03-30-2006, 02:55 PM
The incentives are tied to time on the 25 man roster. Not at-bats or any level of play stuff. There are bonuses for number of plate appearances.

From ESPN.COM: He can also earn $1.2 million in performance bonuses: $200,000 each for 300, 350, 400, 450, 500 and 550 plate appearances. Link (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2305916)

Hangar18
03-30-2006, 03:28 PM
With an incentive-laden contract, Thomas will have reason to complain about any lack of playing time.

Still, I don't see the NoCal media fixating on him the way the Chicago media did.

Anyone remember how Rick "ultimate cub shill" Morrissey said that SOX fans just didnt care about Frank Thomas and his bad attitude (media painted title-thought SOX fans would just buy what they say like the sheep 8 miles north)
........and then his first at-bat coming of the DL in months, he gets the Biggest Standing Ovation ..............

daveeym
03-30-2006, 03:47 PM
Anyone remember how Rick "ultimate cub shill" Morrissey said that SOX fans just didnt care about Frank Thomas and his bad attitude (media painted title-thought SOX fans would just buy what they say like the sheep 8 miles north)
........and then his first at-bat coming of the DL in months, he gets the Biggest Standing Ovation ..............http://misslennon2.tripod.com/looking4alarf/chrispaul1.jpg

"Remember that? That, that was AWESOME!"

maurice
03-30-2006, 04:38 PM
Yes, that WAS awesome. The stadium was electric.

Let's do it again.

soxinem1
03-31-2006, 11:16 AM
I genuinely think Frank thinks he came back too soon as an everyday player last year. If he's serious about playing 3 more years he's no longer looking at that scenario. He's fine with 2 out every 3 gms .

I agree. Plus, as he goes on he should get stronger. To say they target Frank to play 100 games is so expectations don't get too high.

ondafarm
03-31-2006, 11:30 AM
I agree. Plus, as he goes on he should get stronger. To say they target Frank to play 100 games is so expectations don't get too high.

If Frank Thomas plays 100 games then he'd be well into the number of plate appearances which would get him respectable bonus money. I agree, he needs/ wants to sit out a few games and that resting him some early in the season will only make him stronger. Batting fourth in 100 games would probably get him about 450 PA.

BTW, plate appearances, innings pitched, starts and games appeared in are the only performance criteria which can be directly tied to compensation per the CBA. Awards like Silver Slugger, All-Star appearances, ranking in MVP, ROY, all can be compensated or even leading the league in a category (like homers), but not specific numbers of homers.