Originally Posted by comiskey2000
No doubt Frank was a classic DH, but he gets very little credit for playing 971 games at first base.
And was a better first baseman than most people realize. Yes, he did botch routine plays on occasion, but I remember him also making plays around the bag that I've never seen duplicated by anyone. Ironically, his playing first base was never a big deal until after 1998, when he started DH'ing full-time. The situation was compounded in 2003 following idiotic comments by Jerry Manuel, after Thomas expressed interest in playing 1B more often.
"I can't imagine any reason short of an emergency for playing Frank at first base."