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Monday, February 15, 2010
If Big Hurt wasn't 'clean,' who was?


At the end of nearly 2,100 words, Joe Posnanski makes a great point about Frank Thomas and the Hall of Fame. Joe's Big Finish:


The other day I asked my Twitter followers who they would vote for, if they could vote for only one: Tom Glavine or Frank Thomas. The result was a landslide: Thomas 70, Glavine 28. Nevertheless, I suspect that when the actual Hall of Fame balloting comes out in four years, Glavine will outpoint Thomas and I'm not even sure that Thomas will be elected on his first try. After all, that ballot will also include first-timers Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, and Jeff Kent, and the list of holdovers might include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa and Mike Piazza. Will the voters separate Thomas from all the other guys who piled up big numbers during the Steroid Era? I don't know. I do believe that Thomas will eventually be elected. I just don't know if it will happen as quickly as those 70 Twitterers -- plus Joe Posnanski and Rob Neyer -- think it should.