Toronto Blue Jays: Frank Thomas Out, Barry Bonds In?

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 20, 2008

The Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend have released slumping Designated Hitter Frank Thomas, so does this mean the first brick has been laid for a possible Barry Bonds return to baseball.

The last we heard from Bonds' agent, he wasn't just sitting by the pool side sipping on Margaritas but was working out and preparing for a call to play ball and being the DH for an American League team is the perfect position for the current home run king.

If the Blue Jays call on Bonds' services in the next few weeks they could have something in common with musician Paul McCartney...both went after an old bat with one good leg, referring to McCartney's ex wife Heather Mills.

Thomas is 0 for his last 13 and is only 4-for-35 since April 8th.  He is only hitting .167 with three homeruns and 11 runs batted in, quite a contrast from a season ago when he hit .277 with 26 home runs and 95 runs driven in. 

Thomas is an almost certain Hall of Famer with 516 career homers, placing him 18th on baseball's career list. In addition, he has hit 264 career home runs as a designated hitter, the most in baseball history.

Thomas is in elite company as one of only four players in baseball history to have at least a .300 average, 500 home runs, 1,500 RBIs, 1,000 runs and 1,500 walks. The others are Mel Ott, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.



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