Frank Thomas hit his 500th home run last week. I saw a headline for one of Rob Neyer?s columns on ESPN.com that read ?500 is the new 400.? I didn?t read the whole thing, partly because I?m sick and tired of the idea that hitting a home run today matters less than hitting a home run 80 years ago did.
In 1921, Babe Ruth hit 59 homers, but all of six other guys topped 20 that season.
In contrast, Thomas plays in an era when the number of players who smack 20 home runs a year is huge. But I don?t think the era he played in should count against him when it comes time to decide if he should be admitted to the baseball hall of fame.