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Frank Thomas says the ball is juiced this season, didn't do any research

Mike Oz
Big League Stew
In this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, Frank Thomas smiles as he listens to a question during a news conference in Chicago about his election to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Thomas is moving up to the broadcasting big leagues. Thomas will join Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as players inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. He said Saturday, Feb. 22, he is completing details on an agreement to work this season as a studio baseball analyst for Fox Sports 1, based in Los Angeles

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Hall of Famer to-be Frank Thomas thinks the ball is "doctored" this season. (AP)

Frank Thomas has become something of an anti-PED crusader since being elected into baseball's Hall of Fame, which, good for him. And now he thinks something else is wrong with baseball — home runs are flying out of the yard this season at too fast a rate, he says, and something is up.

He made his case Wednesday on Twitter:

There's just one problem — Thomas is totally wrong. Maybe he was riding high off Tuesday night's Chicago White Sox game, where the team hit six homers en route to a 15-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies. Otherwise? Data proves homers aren't happening at a crazy rate in 2014.

This season, MLB hitters hit 195 homers in their first 7,823 at-bats (through Tuesday's games). In 2013, however, the first 7,810 at-bats gave us 250 homers. Sorry, Frank, you should have checked the Internet.

I took this a step farther and compared the past five seasons, trying to look at a similar number of games. The data is totaled day-by-day (thanks,, so I couldn't get the at-bats to match exactly, but they're in the neighborhood. I also figured the at-bat-per-homer rate.

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What have we learned? Homers are actually down at the start of the 2014 season, at the lowest rate in five years. Sorry, Frank Thomas.  

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