BA, 4 homers and 10 RBIs. What the hell was Big Frank doing at
first?! He has averaged 47 games at 1B the past 4 years and the
ChiSox normally have the very capable Paul Konerko at first.
Konerko only had 11 errors in 129 games in '00. Last week has dealt
him the revelation of the triceps tear and the death of his father.
I'll bet Big Mouth David Wells (CWS) feels like crap after saying
that Thomas was a wussy on Chicago talk radio. I, too, give Big
Frank grief as a Tin Man but he's a .319 lifetime hitter and has
batted over .340 three times, which is why I expect more from him.
the "if you don't play the field, you probably shouldn't
play" file, DH Frank Thomas (CWS) will have season-ending
surgery to repair a torn triceps muscle. Thomas was hurt diving for a
ground ball while playing first base against Seattle on April 27. The
ChiSox will certainly feel the loss of production from Thomas'
comeback season in 2000, batting .328 with 43 HRs and 143 RBIs.
Or should I say, they already have. Thomas had only appeared in 20
games this season, with a
Sox DH Frank Thomas
brings me to . . .
loss of Frank Thomas is not the only big name that is out this year.
Superstars OF Tony Gwynn (SD), OF Ken Griffey Jr. (CIN), and 1B Mark
McGwire (STL) are out nursing injuries and even second-tier stars are
out like P John Smoltz (ATL), 1B Mo Vaughn (ANA). Other stars have
been plucked from the limelight for other reasons. Bad boy OF Albert
Belle (BAL) retired due to a degenerative hip injury. OF Bernie
Williams (NYY) missed 10 games due to his ailing father, who passed
over this weekend, which will cause Bernie Baseball to miss more games.
However, baseball couldn't be doing better.
is up and TV ratings continue to climb. Unlike football,
basketball--which still isn't over the loss of Michael Jordan--or
hockey--that HAD to bring back Super Mario--baseball is not a star driven.
True, some folks consider that a fault of baseball and blame the
league for not "creating" or marketing stars but baseball
is about the game. The game is bigger than the players on the field.
Baseball has its Wally Pipp--the Yankees first baseman before Lou
Gehrig replaced him in the lineup and the rest is baseball legend.
In essence, it is this constant rebirth and new blood that keeps
baseball great. No position is more important than another
position and no player is irreplaceable. The point is that
stars will come and go but the game remains the same.
not saying that Baseball is without issues. The league needs to
resolve revenue sharing. The players need to bury the
proverbial hatchet with the owners before the end of this season or
we will see a repeat of the 1994 strike debacle. If they don't, the
long-term success of the league will certainly be in jeopardy. And,
for Pete's sake, ditch the designated hitter rule (see above).
It's like the PGA no cart rule--c'mon, you're supposed to be
professional athletes. If you can't play the field, you don't
get to hit. And how can you disadvantage American League teams
during post-season play? Stand up to the player's association, level
the playing field and eliminate the DH.
Room is written by Michael Skordeles
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