Jul 27, 2014; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Frank Thomas makes his acceptance speech during the class of 2014 national baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
AL MVP: 1994
For Thomas in the strike-shortened ’94 season, he was still able to put up amazing numbers for the White Sox, as they were first in the AL Central that season with a 67-46 record overall.
In ’94, Thomas was 26 years old, and his numbers were very strong.
This second MVP season saw “The Big Hurt” play in 113 games, where he finished with 38 home runs and 101 RBIs. He walked 109 times, and in his 141 hits, Thomas had 34 doubles and one triple.
The 106 runs scored by Thomas in ’94 led the majors. He also led the majors in walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS and OPS+.
Thomas batted .353 on the season, with a on-base percentage of .487, and he finished with a slugging percentage of .729. His OPS was higher was 1.217, and he had just as good of a season as his first MVP year. His OPS+ was 212.
Looking at his WAR, Thomas has a number of 6.3 and a WAA (wins above average) of 4.7, nearly a full point higher than his ’93 season of 3.8.
Just think of how many more numbers Thomas could have put up if the strike didn’t occur.