Oh Hell Yes!!
Most of the arguments I hear and read are not saying that "the BIG HURT" is not worthy of the HOF. The question is whether he deserves to go in on the 1st ballot. And I agree that his incredibly drastic fall in B.A. hurts his legacy. But you have to factor in the severe foot injury he suffered in the late stages of his career. It completely changed his swing and he was never the same hitter afterwards. And, unlike guys like A-Rod and Manny, who chose to use steroids to accelerate their recoveries from injury, he stayed clean. And, as he aged, his huge 6'5", 275-lb frame did not allow him to remain in the upper echelon of high-average hitters. Forget the issue of his being a DH for the latter part of his career; the stats he produced for the first 8 years as a big leaguer are unparalled. In terms of production, his average, RBIs, hits, HRs and walks are matched or exceeded by only 3 other HO-Famers (look it up). AND HE DID IT WITHOUT ABSOLUTELY NO TAINT OF P.E.D.s. Only Griffey Jr. is in his class over the same time period. All other are disqualified by their alleged use of "juice". If Frank Thomas is not a first ballot electee, then the HOF has lost all credibility and every BBWA voter who leaves him of his ballot should have his voting privelege revoked.