Frank Thomas was a .301/.419/.555 hitter for his career? He got on base 4,222 times, which is 250 more than Tony Gwynn, 400 more than Mike Schmidt, 800 more than Ernie Banks and a thousand more than Willie Stargell. He was top 10 in RBI nine times, led the league in walks four times and never finished top 10 in strikeouts.
Tom Glavine won 305 games in his career. He won 20 five times, and finished with double-digit wins in 18 of 19 seasons, the only exception being a nine-win season in 2003. He was a Cy Young winner at age 25, an all-star at age 40 and had a 2.16 ERA in eight World Series starts, three of them complete games.
Glavine retired today, accepting a role in the Braves front office. Thomas also made his retirement official, fittingly while getting a lifetime achievement award in Chicago. Two of the best players of the past two decades. We’ll see them in the Hall of Fame in a few years.