Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo
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;
Griffey had two more home runs than Thomas when the 1994 season shut down, and Matt Williams had five more home runs despite playing home games in Candlestick. (Which reminds me of when people used to complain about Candlestick hurting Giants offense, to which old-timers would reply, "didn't hurt Mays or McCovey") But, yeah, who knows what numbers Thomas would have put up in 1994, along with Williams and Griffey and Albert Belle? That may have turned out to be the career year for Kenny Lofton as well. And Kirby Puckett near the end of his career.