Frank may have been among the "least lucky" great players in recent years.
Look at what factors well outside by others may have cost him:
1. He played his peak years in one of the more pitching-friendly parks in the majors:
2. He was on pace to break Roger Maris' single-season HR record in 1994;
3. The Sox parted ways with Franco over a contract dispute, depriving Frank of the best protection he had ever had;
4. He was denied a third MVP by an admitted steroid user in 2000.
5. Injuries robbed him of the equivalent of more than two full seasons.
If not for these factors, he'd have another MVP, a clean single-season HR title (at least for a few years), another likely postseason appearance, and perhaps 600 or more career homers.
The universe is the practical joke of the General at the expense of the Particular, quoth Frater Perdurabo, and laughed. The disciples nearest him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow. Others laughed, seeing the Universal Joke. Others wept. Others laughed. Others wept because they couldn't see the Joke, and others laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke. But though FRATER laughed openly, he wept secretly; and really he neither laughed nor wept. Nor did he mean what he said.