Just A Reminder: Frank Thomas Never Used Steroids, Was Actually Still Quite Good
Nothing makes me change the channel like steroid talk, and, as you can imagine, I've been doing a lot of channel changing the last three days. Steroid talk doesn't get my pageviews. My pageviews are valuable (like yours!) and need to go to Important Things, like Death Metal Rooster. There is no time for steroid talk.
Mark McGwire admitted to using steroids on Monday. Forgive him, don't forgive, whatever, who cares. If you're really pissed about this though, my advice to you would be to chillax, possibly by listening to some chillwave bands. This isn't startling, and it hardly should be considered this big of a deal. Mark McGwire used steroids? Next you're going to tell me that Natalie Gulbis isn't a professional D.C. tour guide.
It's pretty clear at this point that nearly everyone in the mid-to-late 90's voluntarily decided to destroy their testicles - hitters, pitchers, fielders, Don Zimmer - you know, everyone.
Everyone, that is, besides for The Big Hurt.
On Monday's SportsCenter, John Kruk complained about how even the stats of non-steroid abusing guys from the Steroid Era now look worse. It's a good point, especially from someone has fat as John Kruk. But that doesn't apply to Thomas, one of the only guys from that era we can definitively say didn't juice. If anything, Thomas' numbers only look more insane now.
How good was Frank? Joe Posnanski puts The Big Hurt in some historical perspective.
Better than Albert Pujols and Willie Mays. For the first seven years, at least. Still, that's kind of nuts.