Big Hurt Says He Lost 20-Points Off His Career Batting Average

Former Chicago White Sox legend Frank Thomas has a career .301 batting average, but if he hadn’t spent so much time as a designated hitter, he thinks it could have been much higher.

“To be honest, I probably lost 20 points off my career batting average by DHing everyday,” Thomas said on the Mully and Hanley Show.

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Over the course of his 19-year career, Thomas played 1,311 games as a designated hitter. Over time he was able to find a routine to stay active and into the game, it helped having a batting cage directly behind the White Sox dugout at U.S. Cellular field.

But being an effective DH is no easy task.

“It’s pinch-hitting four times a day,” Thomas said. “That’s exactly what it is…You have to stay involved. You have to feel like you’re part of the game, but when you’re not out there physically active, moving around, staying loose, you know, you’re really not that much a part of the game”

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  • Ali

    He is still whining even after all these years. Go away Frank Thomas, no one cares.

    • Shane Riordan

      That’s an awfully ignorant comment. Frank did a lot for the city of Chicago.

  • Mark W

    his avg might have been higher, but he would have cost the sox plenty of games – he couldn’t make a throw from 1B to 2B

  • Jerry

    Everyone has good and bad points, strong and weak areas. Frank had his downside but he was without doubt one of the best hitters we have seen.

  • dan

    this is the same jerk that wouldn’t let fans in to watch him take batting practice????

  • Val

    Go away Ali…no one cares…….can’t badmouth big Frank….

  • Eddie

    The greatest hitter in the history of the White Sox. Frank played during a period when Reinsdorf wouldn’t pay his pitchers,wouldn’t hire decent managers, and put all his money on his other super star, Michael Jordan. Then Reinsdorf cut short two great Sox seasons, one with the White Flag Trade, and another with the shutdown of baseball and the loss of an entire World Series–and then there are fans who call Frank a whiner??? Reinsdorf said he’d rather have one White Sox championship than the six Jordan helped him win. Jerry just had too many pies from which to eat, and he cost Big Frank and this city several championships with his painfully austere approach to his baseball team during a decade in which the Bulls dominated the NBA and the city’s sports scene. In short, Frank lost out on more than just 20 points of his average==the White Sox should have been the dominate team of the American League in the 90s, but Jerry had his right thumb in the Bulls pie, and his left thumb up his kiester . Frank would have a statue out on 35th and Shields if Reinsdorf had a GM worth his salt in the 90s, and if he’d given him the money to work with that he gave Krause up on Madison. Frank’s complaints are mild given what he lost out on, and they’re perfectly legitimate. But the 20 points he’s complaining about are truly a symptom of the greater loss he himself knows he sustained. The man is simply inarticulate, and humble to a fault. He knows what he could have done and what those teams could have done when he was in his prime. This guy was a diamond in the rough from the standpoint of his ultimate potential personally, and the ultimate potential of the franchise. Jeff Torborg, Gene Lamont–these guys were top quality managers. Instead we got Bevington, Manual. It was a downhill run from Torborg to Ozzie. A matter of an owner jumping over dimes looking for dollars. Thanks, Frank. We hardly knew ye.

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