Big Hurt: White Sox would have won World Series in strike year

Big Hurt: White Sox would have won World Series in strike year
July 16, 2014, 7:30 pm
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The MLB strike in 1994 meant there would be no World Series champion. But had there been no strike, Frank Thomas firmly believes the White Sox would have been celebrating a championship.

"That was my year," he said. "I really felt that was the year we were going to win that championship, easily. I think we would have had that confidence to go ahead and win that year."

He may have a point. When the season prematurely ended the White Sox were 67-46, the second best record in the American League behind the Yankees, had the American League's best pitching staff (3.96 team ERA) and had the most powerful hitter in the league.

In just 113 games, Thomas hit 38 home runs, knocked in 101 runs and led the majors in runs (106), walks (109), OBP (.487), and OPS (1.217). He was named MVP for the second straight year but the White Sox weren't able to contend for a pennant.