Every day throughout the offseason, CSN White Sox Talk will pass along three completely trivial (but hopefully interesting) tidbits from White Sox history. Most of these notes come from Baseball-Reference's Play Index. Today, we look at pitchers who were afraid or not allowed to pitch to Frank Thomas.
5: The number of times reliever Buddy Groom intentionally walked Frank Thomas, the highest number of any pitcher the Big Hurt ever faced. The best part? Groom, who was originally drafted by the White Sox, faced Thomas just 17 times in his entire career. And Groom didn't intentionally walk any other player in his career more than twice.
0: The number of hits Thomas got off Arthur Rhodes in his career. But thanks to walking five times -- three intentionally -- in nine plate appearances, Thomas reached base in more trips to the plate against Rhodes than he made outs.
Mike Mussina: The former Orioles and Yankees starter faced Thomas the most of any pitcher -- 96 times -- but never intentionally walked him. Maybe he should've given Thomas a free pass at least once, though, as Mussina allowed more home runs (nine) to Thomas than anybody.