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was a good dude who could hit. on Sunday afternoon, Thomas will be a Hall of Fame dude when he is inducted into Cooperstown along with Atlanta starters Greg Maddux, Tom Galvine and managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre.
Buehrle was a 38th round pick of the White Sox in 1998, signed the next May and, after 36 games in the minors, was in the same clubhouse as Thomas in 2000.
They still keep in touch, via phone.
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earlier this season. A story on Thomas can be written without mentioning Pittman, who first played and then scouted for the Astros.
saw him from a distance at the all star game in Minneapolis when he was working for FOX. I had to dodge him, said Buehrle who doesn enjoy doing TV interviews.
When Buehrle made his debut on July 16, 2000, Thomas had what was, for him, a typical day: Two hits and two walks in an 11 5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Cellular Field in 2006.
The 6 foot 5 slugger arrived with 487 career homers and, in the Jays 78th game, he hit a three run blast off Carlos Silva of the Twins for No. 500. The drive scored Vernon Wells and Matt Stairs, but three at bats later, when he struck out looking for the second out of the ninth, he was ejected by Mark Wegner in an 8 5 Jays loss at the Metrodome.
The Jays signed Thomas heading into the 2007 season, giving him to a two year, $18 million deal, with a $10 million option.
expanding the zone and getting into a 2 0 count . wouldn that make you a better hitter? said Janssen.
At the tender age of 32 which is about nine in scouting years Pittman lobbied hard for the Astros to sign Thomas as an undrafted high schooler. In his first year scouting, Pittman believed so much in Thomas that he said he cover the $50,000 signing bonus to get the deal done.
didn face him in his prime, said Jays closer Casey Janssen, he was certainly a guy who could make you pay for your mistakes. He could take you out to any part of the field. the Jays prepared for the 1993 American League Championship Series against the Chisox, scouts saw Thomas weakness as an unwillingness to expand the strike zone which most thought was needed since one of Bo Jackson, Danny Tartabull or George Bell was hitting fifth. All were on the downside of their careers.
But, Thomas, then 18, headed to the Auburn Tigers as a tight end and a two sport star before injuries ended his gridiron career.
time up, the fans gave him a standing ovation, he hit a homer off Jon Garland and everyone stood and booed him, said Buehrle. Thomas hit two solo homers off Garland in the second and in the fifth, knocking in three runs. The A lost 5 4 as A closer Huston Street allowed three runs in the ninth and Pablo Ozuna squeezed home the game winner in the 10th.
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was a hit, becoming the first player in history with seven consecutive seasons of a .300 average with at least 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 20 homers.
After being teammates for five years Thomas went 2 for 8 with a home run, walk and strikeout against Buehrle.
was the only player I knew who played for the Chicago White Sox, said the Blue Jays starter.
was an incredible hitter, said former Jay Alex Rios who was in the lineup that day. was a good for a young guy like me to be around. He had a lot of wisdom about hitting mechanics. He knew the game and he share it, too. next year, manager John Gibbons decided to platoon Thomas, hitting .167 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his first 16 Adidas Originals Trainers Black Womens
did I throw? What ever finger the catcher put down, said Buehrle. stood off the plate and raised his arms on an inside pitch, as if it just missed him and that wasn the case. He could flick his wrists and hit the ball the other way. lot of ball fans are familiar with the names of the Hall of Famers, along with Buehrle, Rios and Janssen, but you should know the name Joe Pittman, who died Neo Adidas For Girls
Mark Buehrle was in awe the first time he saw Frank Thomas.
games, with Stairs. Ricciardi Adidas Neo 2 Price and was given his release. He re signed with the A played 53 games, then retired.
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