>> I would be interested in hearing opinions/evaluations on Frank
>>Thomas's chances to set the record for most walks ever in the history of
Apparently the original poster does since he asked the question in the
first place. For that matter, I care too.
>>First of all, what is the record??
Babe Ruth had 2036 walks.
>>Third, do people think Bonds has a better chance of amassing
Once again, I would guess the poster does. I personally think Thomas
has a better chance of passing Ruth than Bonds does because Thomas
is almost 4 years younger and only has 270 fewer walks. But, either
of them could have a career ending injury at any time. Both Bonds
and Thomas get a lot of intentional walks right now which will help
to pad their totals.
>>Also, I would be interested in evaluations of who will hit the
>>most homeruns in his career, Thomas, Belle, Bonds, or Griffey???
>A little more interesting, but not much. Pseudo stat fans can trot
>out formulae derived from generalized data that have absolutely no
>causal relationship with the individual case and pretend to add to
>your knowledge with an answer to this question. My paper-boy says
STATS, Inc. ran some projections in their most recent book. Right
now they project Thomas to finish with 506, Belle with 498,
Bonds with 496, and Griffey with 459. However, I think their
projections underrate Griffey. I would guess that he got penalized
in the projection due to his injury this year. If I were to make a
guess, I would guess Thomas and Griffey will be the top 2 of the 4,
and I think Griffey will end up with more than Thomas, but not by much.
Disclaimer: My opinions are not those of Stanford University - heck, I don't
even live in California anymore.