Frank Thomas, The Big Hurt, capped strong showings in each of our COG votes so far with a solid victory, appearing on 52 of 79 ballots cast to earn induction. More on Thomas, and the voting, after the jump.
A few career slash lines:
Mickey Mantle .421 OBP/.557 SLG/.977 OPS
Stan Musial .417 OBP/.559 SLG/.976 OPS
Frank Thomas .419 OBP/.555 SLG/.974 OPS
Joe DiMaggio .398 OBP/.579 SLG/.977 OPS
Only Mantle’s career OPS+ was significantly different than the others — 172 compared to 159 for Musial, 156 for Thomas and 155 for DiMaggio.
In the Circle of Greats voting, no player other than Thomas managed to top the 50% mark this round, though Mike Mussina came close, falling just three votes short — that leaves him with two rounds of eligibility awarded instead of the four he would have won with a 50% showing. Craig Biggio (41%) and Tom Glavine (39%) also each easily earned two rounds of eligibility; the less personally popular Curt Schilling (at least among HHSers) also won two rounds but with not as much room to spare at 31%. John Smoltz and Roberto Alomar were each at the very edge of the 25% mark that would earn them two rounds of eligibility. Smoltz with 20 votes finished just over the 25% mark, and adds two more rounds of eligibility to his collection. Alomar with 19 votes fell just short, and will have to get by with a one-round extension. Larry Walker at 15% survives into the next round as well. Lastly, there was a tight battle for the final carry-over spot between Kenny Lofton and Kevin Brown, but some careful tactical voting ultimately led to a happy tie between them (5 votes each): under the rules that’s as good as a win for both — Lofton and Brown each survive at least one more round.