sutz wrote: Sports Hernia wrote: sutz wrote:
Is Edgar the first player inducted primarily as a DH? He should be.
I think Frank Thomas did quite a bit of DH’ing, though Edgar did it for a longer period.
Thomas was more of a position player for the first half of his career, IIRC. Edgar only played 3rd/1st base for a couple of years before he went full time DH, I believe.
Thomas played 1,310 games at DH, 971 at 1B, or 57.4% at DH. I remember when he was inducted, they said he was the first player in the HoF to play most of his career at DH. However, Edgar spent 1,403 games at DH, with 564 at 3B and 28 at 1B, or 70.3% at DH, easily dwarfing anyone else's percentage spent at DH in the HoF. Also, in case you're curious, Harold Baines, who also made the HoF this year, also spent the majority of his career at DH. He played 1,643 games at DH, and 1,042 in the OF, or a total of 61.2% at DH.