Who was better?

An inter-office debate has been raging here at LeLacheur Park. Stemming from an innocent comment about Pete Rose’s ineligibility for the Hall of Fame, a discussion of Rafael Palmeiro’s chances in Cooperstown led to a comparison of Palmeiro and Frank Thomas.

Following, we’ll outline the cases of each. Please weigh in with your take — your say will help us come to a conclusion. Rest assured, there’s a lot of pride riding on this one… PLEASE NOTE — ALTHOUGH PALMEIRO WAS FOUND TO HAVE TAKEN STEROIDS, WE ARE DISREGARDING STEROIDS FOR THE SAKE OF THIS ARGUMENT.

When you think of current players that should be sure-fire Hall of Famers, there’s no doubt in my mind that Frank Thomas is an automatic. He was an absolute monster in the early-to-mid 1990’s, hitting well over .300 in his first eight Major League seasons. Add on a steady barrage of home runs — an average of 37 homers per 162 games — and innumerable walks, Thomas was known as the most dominant hitter, let alone first baseman, in the 1990’s.

If you want the hardware, check this out: Thomas won back-to-back MVP’s from ’93 to ’94 and was in the top-three in MVP voting three other times; he is a five-time All-Star; and he’s led the league in OBP and OPS four times. I should mention his career AVG/OBP/SLG line of .307/.427/.568, an astronomical total.And I know we’re disregarding steroids, but Thomas lit it up to the tune of back to back 41 and (strike-shortened) 38 longballs before the offensive age officially began in ’95.

3000 hits, 500 HR, 1800 RBI — BOTTOM LINE!!!
One of only 4 players in history to accomplish this feet — who are the others you ask? Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray, all Hall of Famers.

Let us know what you think — who’s the better first baseman? Was it Thomas? Was it Palmeiro? Was it someone else? Click on each player’s name for their stats.



  1. JDUB

    I’d have to say its hard to challenge the numbers of Palmeiro, that is pretty impressive. I think Frank Thomas was better during his heyday, however its a tough call. I think it might be a tie. Good luck making that decision.

  2. Panda

    Frank Thomas has a Super Nintendo video game named after him. Until Raphael Palmeiro can say the same, this is no contest. Big Hurt with a first round K.O.!

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