07/06/2003 7:00 PM ET
Thomas vying for final roster spot
First baseman/DH could become third Sox All-Star
Cast your ballot in the
etopps All-Star Final Vote
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
For the most part, Frank Thomas has been letting his bat do his campaigning for his inclusion on the All-Star team. And what an argument it's made: The Big Hurt is batting .287 with 20 home runs and 48 RBIs through Saturday. Now it is up to you -- the fans -- to decide if Thomas will make the American League squad.
Thomas is one of five AL candidates for the etopps All-Star Final Vote, joining Oakland's Eric Byrnes, Boston's Jason Varitek, New York's Jason Giambi and Anaheim's Bengie Molina.
Five players in each league not elected to the All-Star Game were nominated by 2003 All-Star Game managers Dusty Baker and Mike Scioscia, in conjunction with Major League Baseball. Fans now have three days to vote for the final player on each league's roster. The etopps All-Star Final Vote ends on Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.
Thomas has been vocal in his desire to play in the July 15 Midsummer Classic, which will be played at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.
"I want to make the All-Star team," Thomas said. "I don't mind saying it."
Thomas admitted he had voted for himself and said he had added motivation to play well this season after the White Sox invoked the diminished-skills clause in his contract last winter.
"I think I deserve to be there," he said. "I think everybody canceled me out and said my career was basically over. But I'm still doing my thing, getting all the walks. I definitely voted for myself because of the adversity I had to go through to get back to this level."
Thomas leads the resurgent White Sox in homers and is among the league leaders in on-base percentage (.429). In the most recent AL balloting update, he ranked third at designated hitter.
Since June 2, Thomas is hitting .347 (33-for-95) with 10 homers and 25 RBIs. In his last 34 games, Thomas has gone hitless just four times. Since May 24, he has reached base at least once in every game he's appeared.
Thomas was voted the AL starting first baseman three consecutive years (1994-96). Thomas was a member of five consecutive All-Star teams but hasn't made the All-Star team since 1997. He hasn't had an at-bat in the All-Star Game since 1995.
Fans, it's time to send him back again. The All-Star Game is in his home park and all he needs to join teammates Esteban Loaiza and Carl Everett in the Midsummer Classic is your vote.
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.