February 12, 2015 |
JULIO FRANCO played his first major league game for the Phillies on a chilly Friday night in April 1982. Went 1-for-4 in a 9-2 loss to the Cardinals at the Vet. Bob Forsch got the win. Mike Krukow took the loss. You can look it up. This April, the 56-year-old Franco will be player-manager of the semi-pro Ishikawa Million Stars in Japan. It will not be his first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. In 1995, following the major leagues' strike season, he played for Chiba Lotte Marines in the Pacific League.
May 23, 2014 |
MOST fans remember Julio Franco as the former Phillies infielder who was part of the five-for-one deal for Von Hayes. Franco had only played 16 games for the Phils before being dealt to the Indians in December of 1982 - along with Jay Baller, Manny Trillo, George Vukovich and Jerry Willard. Sixteen games. That's fewer than the 18 that Phillies third base coach Pete Mackanin played for the Phightins in the late 70s. And no one even remembers he played here. Franco played for eight teams over a 23-year major league career that included a 5-year stint with the Rangers where he won the American League batting title in 1991.
May 17, 2008 |
Subway sandwich Low & Outside - and High & Inside, for that matter - may be culpable in the vilification of the New York baseball teams. Call it an inferiority complex, if you will. But it wouldn't be fair to simply dismiss the Subway Series that begins today (after last night's rainout) as another run-of-the mill interleague matchup. The Yankees-Mets series is an attraction, and if Philadelphia had a similar rivalry, the city would be salivating over the showdown like it does the Eagles.
June 2, 2007 |
Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb dominated a makeshift New York lineup last night, limiting the Mets to four hits and pitching visiting Arizona to a 5-1 victory. It was the eighth straight win for the Diamondbacks, their longest winning streak since 2003. Before last night, Arizona had lost 15 of its last 18 games against the Mets and Webb was 1-6 lifetime against New York. Chris Snyder provided all the offense Webb (5-3) needed with a two-run homer off John Maine (6-3) in the fifth inning.
May 12, 2006 |
Cliff Floyd and Tom Glavine were respectively holding court at opposite ends of the Mets' clubhouse. Over at his locker, Pedro Martinez was talking glibly, and nearby, Julio Franco was dealing cards. It was amid this loose, veteran crew yesterday at Citizens Bank Park that Jim Thompson confidently roamed about. He had his own stall, proudly wore his No. 60 Mets jersey with the name stitched above. He was one of them. Who cares if this major-league appointment for a slightly built graduate of Haverford College and Strath Haven High School came out of the blue?
December 10, 2005 |
The District of Columbia and Major League Baseball yesterday agreed on a lease for a new Washington Nationals' ballpark, a deal that if approved will clear the biggest obstacle remaining before the team is sold. The agreement, subject to approval by the D.C. Council in a vote set for Dec. 20, will lead to the sale of $535 million in bonds to cover construction costs for the proposed 41,000-seat ballpark, to be built about a mile south of the Capitol. The Nationals will pay rent ranging from $3.5 million in the first year to $5.5 million in the sixth year, with additional rent payments based on attendance if the team sells more the 2.5 million tickets.
June 4, 2004 |
The Phillies didn't have to worry about Todd Zeile last night. Nope. Josh Hancock was their problem. Up from triple A to take injured Vicente Padilla's spot in the rotation, Hancock may have earned a quick trip back to the minors with an eyesore of an outing against the Atlanta Braves. The righthander was tagged for six runs in two innings as the Braves went on to beat the sagging Phillies, 8-4, at Turner Field. "Nothing worked," Hancock said afterward. "It was a bad start from the first pitch.
April 9, 2004 |
They weren't monster blasts like Hank Aaron's, but Johnny Estrada was the spark of the Atlanta Braves' offense. Estrada had a career-high four RBI and tied his career high with three hits as the Braves celebrated the 30th anniversary of Aaron's 715th home run with a 10-8 victory over the visiting New York Mets last night. A night after 15 players came to the plate during an 11-run inning, the Braves, wearing throwback uniforms from 1974, sent 10 up in a four-run sixth that gave them the lead for good.
September 1, 2001 |
Julio Franco, who has played just one game in the major leagues since 1997, was acquired yesterday by the Atlanta Braves, who also obtained righthanded reliever Rudy Seanez in a separate deal. Franco, 40, was obtained from the Mexico City Tigers after leading the Mexican League with a .437 average. He had 18 homers and 90 RBIs in 110 games. Franco, the MVP of the 1990 All-Star Game, played one game in the major leagues in 1999, going 0 for 1 for Tampa Bay on Sept. 22. Before that, he hadn't played in the majors since 1997, when he played 120 games for Cleveland and Milwaukee.
December 21, 1991 |
Willie Randolph, who made his mark as an all-star second baseman with the Yankees, returned to New York yesterday when he agreed to a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Mets. Randolph, 37, who went to spring training as a non-roster player with the Milwaukee Brewers after no team offered him a contract last winter, will be the Mets' starting second baseman and will bat second. The move makes Bill Pecota, acquired last week from Kansas City, a utility player who will spell Randolph at second and share time at third with Dave Magadan and rookie Chris Donnels.