Frank Thomas is one of just four players in MLB history to have a .300 average, 500+ home runs, 1,500 RBIs, 1,000 runs scored and 1,500 walks in their career. The others? Mel Ott, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
Thomas is the only right-handed hitter to ever do this. EVER.
So throw Albert Pujols at me all you want. I think that kind of longevity speaks for itself.
The longevity argument doesn’t really hold when you realize Thomas played less than half of the games in 4 of his last 8 seasons, played 60 games his rookie season and also had a strike shortened season, and benefited from the DH longer than Pujols. Had he actually pushed his body on the base paths and in the field like Pujols did, while playing full seasons year after year, his hitting may have suffered similarly.