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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
27 9731 .298 .365 .417 109 38.4
Birth Date8-23-1958
Height6' 0"
Weight160 lbs
Age61 years, 1 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1982 PHI 23 16 32 8 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 2 .276 .323 .310 75 -0.8 0.5 -0.7 0.0
1983 CLE 24 149 598 153 24 8 8 27 50 2 32 12 .273 .306 .388 88 -8.2 1.9 -1.9 1.6
1984 CLE 25 160 718 188 22 5 3 43 68 6 19 10 .286 .331 .348 91 -5.1 0.0 9.4 3.5
1985 CLE 26 160 703 183 33 4 6 54 74 4 13 9 .288 .343 .381 99 1.6 5.2 -9.8 2.6
1986 CLE 27 149 636 183 30 5 10 32 66 0 10 7 .306 .338 .422 102 2.9 -0.3 0.8 2.9
1987 CLE 28 128 560 158 24 3 8 57 56 3 32 9 .319 .389 .428 110 7.3 2.4 -7.5 2.4
1988 CLE 29 152 676 186 23 6 10 56 72 2 25 11 .303 .361 .409 116 12.7 4.2 -5.0 3.1
1989 TEX 30 150 621 173 31 5 13 66 69 1 21 3 .316 .386 .462 135 25.3 6.0 4.0 5.5
1990 TEX 31 157 670 172 27 1 11 82 83 2 31 10 .296 .383 .402 120 15.5 0.4 7.5 4.3
1991 TEX 32 146 659 201 27 3 15 65 78 3 36 9 .341 .408 .474 139 30.7 5.7 -17.2 3.8
1992 TEX 33 35 123 25 7 0 2 15 17 0 1 1 .234 .328 .355 94 -0.4 0.6 -0.9 0.1
1993 TEX 34 144 607 154 31 3 14 62 95 1 9 3 .289 .360 .438 110 9.7 4.5 0.0 2.1
1994 CHA 35 112 505 138 19 2 20 62 75 5 8 1 .319 .406 .510 134 24.5 1.1 -1.4 2.9
1996 CLE 37 112 499 139 20 1 14 61 82 3 8 8 .322 .407 .470 119 15.2 -0.3 -4.9 1.5
1997 CLE 38 78 328 82 13 1 3 38 75 0 8 5 .284 .367 .367 96 -0.3 0.2 1.3 0.6
1997 MIL 38 42 177 34 3 0 4 31 41 1 7 1 .241 .373 .348 102 1.2 2.8 1.0 0.7
1999 TBA 40 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 76 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ATL 42 25 101 27 4 0 3 10 20 1 0 0 .300 .376 .444 106 1.2 -0.3 1.2 0.3
2002 ATL 43 125 383 96 13 1 6 39 75 1 5 1 .284 .357 .382 96 -0.4 1.2 0.1 0.6
2003 ATL 44 103 223 58 12 2 5 25 43 0 0 1 .294 .372 .452 102 1.3 -0.4 -2.5 0.1
2004 ATL 45 125 361 99 18 3 6 36 68 1 4 2 .309 .378 .441 95 -1.5 0.8 -3.8 0.0
2005 ATL 46 108 265 64 12 1 9 27 57 1 4 0 .275 .348 .451 96 -1.1 -0.6 -1.5 0.0
2006 NYN 47 95 179 45 10 0 2 13 49 1 6 1 .273 .330 .370 67 -6.9 0.9 -0.2 -0.3
2007 ATL 48 15 45 10 3 0 0 4 10 0 0 0 .250 .311 .325 79 -1.0 -0.8 0.5 -0.1
2007 NYN 48 40 61 10 0 0 1 10 13 0 2 1 .200 .328 .260 79 -1.4 -0.3 0.5 0.0
Career25279731258640754173917134138281107.298.365.417109121.835.4-30.938.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1978 BUT Rk PIO 47 161 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 CNO A- NWN 71 330 .000 .000 .000 .379 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 PEN A+ CRL 140 609 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 REA AA EAS 139 600 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 PHI MLB NL 16 32 .248 .303 .352 .320 96 -0.6 0.9 0.4 75 11 -0.7 0.5 -0.8 0.0
1982 OKL AAA AA 120 509 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 CLE MLB AL 149 598 .267 .327 .404 .285 102 -9.2 16.2 7.5 88 10 -1.9 1.9 -8.2 1.6
1984 CLE MLB AL 160 718 .265 .326 .400 .310 100 -3.9 19.2 8.8 91 6 9.4 0.0 -5.1 3.5
1985 CLE MLB AL 160 703 .258 .320 .401 .313 99 -0.8 19.2 8.2 99 10 -9.8 5.2 1.6 2.6
1986 CLE MLB AL 149 636 .263 .326 .409 .328 103 2.7 17.6 7 102 9 0.8 -0.3 2.9 2.9
1987 CLE MLB AL 128 560 .264 .328 .422 .344 102 14.2 16.5 5.9 110 9 -7.5 2.4 7.3 2.4
1988 CLE MLB AL 152 676 .259 .323 .391 .329 97 17.2 17.7 -0.9 116 9 -5.0 4.2 12.7 3.1
1989 TEX MLB AL 150 621 .264 .326 .388 .339 103 23.6 16.2 -1.4 135 12 4.0 6.0 25.3 5.5
1990 TEX MLB AL 157 670 .257 .323 .385 .329 102 19.3 18.0 -1 120 7 7.5 0.4 15.5 4.3
1991 TEX MLB AL 146 659 .265 .330 .403 .373 100 38.9 17.8 -0.8 139 9 -17.2 5.7 30.7 3.8
1992 TEX MLB AL 35 123 .257 .324 .382 .261 99 -1.9 3.2 -1.2 94 12 -0.9 0.6 -0.4 0.1
1993 TEX MLB AL 144 607 .268 .335 .414 .326 99 8.7 17.4 -11.1 110 10 0.0 4.5 9.7 2.1
1994 CHA MLB AL 112 505 .273 .344 .434 .344 98 32 15.3 -9.8 134 9 -1.4 1.1 24.5 2.9
1996 CLE MLB AL 112 499 .280 .352 .451 .369 101 17.4 15.4 -9.8 119 10 -4.9 -0.3 15.2 1.5
1997 CLE MLB AL 78 328 .276 .343 .437 .374 97 -0.1 9.0 -3.6 96 8 1.3 0.2 -0.3 0.6
1997 MIL MLB AL 42 177 .268 .335 .419 .300 98 -1.4 4.9 -3.3 102 8 1.0 2.8 1.2 0.7
1999 TBA MLB AL 1 1 .262 .334 .354 .000 91 -0.3 0.0 0 76 5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ATL MLB NL 25 101 .257 .323 .415 .358 95 2.9 3.0 -1.9 106 15 1.2 -0.3 1.2 0.3
2002 ATL MLB NL 125 383 .257 .327 .407 .346 98 -2.4 11.0 -6.2 96 8 0.1 1.2 -0.4 0.6
2003 ATL MLB NL 103 223 .260 .335 .411 .353 98 5 5.9 -3.4 102 12 -2.5 -0.4 1.3 0.1
2004 ATL MLB NL 125 361 .264 .331 .434 .373 93 8.4 10.7 -5.9 95 11 -3.8 0.8 -1.5 0.0
2005 ATL MLB NL 108 265 .259 .326 .409 .324 99 2.5 7.6 -3.9 96 11 -1.5 -0.6 -1.1 0.0
2006 NYN MLB NL 95 179 .265 .340 .433 .377 92 -6.9 5.4 -2 67 10 -0.2 0.9 -6.9 -0.3
2007 ATL MLB NL 15 45 .263 .334 .414 .323 100 -1.8 1.3 -0.8 79 12 0.5 -0.8 -1.0 -0.1
2007 NYN MLB NL 40 61 .258 .328 .404 .243 98 -1.9 1.8 -0.4 79 13 0.5 -0.3 -1.4 0.0
2007 ROM A SAL 4 16 .282 .365 .425 .364 103 -0.5 0.4 -0.3 94 0 0.2 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2007 RIC AAA INT 4 17 .262 .332 .394 .286 76 0.4 0.2 -0.1 119 0 -0.3 0.2 0.4 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1978 BUT Rk PIO 161 141 34 43 5 2 3 61 28 17 30 4 3 .305 .381 .433 .128 1 1
1979 CNO A- NWN 330 299 57 98 15 5 10 153 45 24 59 22 9 .328 .381 .512 .184 2 2
1980 PEN A+ CRL 609 555 105 178 25 6 11 248 99 33 66 44 12 .321 .366 .447 .126 3 3
1981 REA AA EAS 600 532 70 160 17 3 8 207 74 52 60 27 14 .301 .365 .389 .088 5 5
1982 PHI MLB NL 32 29 3 8 1 0 0 9 3 2 4 0 2 .276 .323 .310 .034 0 1
1982 OKL AAA AA 509 463 80 139 19 5 21 231 66 39 56 33 11 .300 .357 .499 .199 2 2
1983 CLE MLB AL 598 560 68 153 24 8 8 217 80 27 50 32 12 .273 .306 .388 .114 6 3
1984 CLE MLB AL 718 658 82 188 22 5 3 229 79 43 68 19 10 .286 .331 .348 .062 10 1
1985 CLE MLB AL 703 636 97 183 33 4 6 242 90 54 74 13 9 .288 .343 .381 .093 9 0
1986 CLE MLB AL 636 599 80 183 30 5 10 253 74 32 66 10 7 .306 .338 .422 .117 5 0
1987 CLE MLB AL 560 495 86 158 24 3 8 212 52 57 56 32 9 .319 .389 .428 .109 5 0
1988 CLE MLB AL 676 613 88 186 23 6 10 251 54 56 72 25 11 .303 .361 .409 .106 4 1
1989 TEX MLB AL 621 548 80 173 31 5 13 253 92 66 69 21 3 .316 .386 .462 .146 6 0
1990 TEX MLB AL 670 582 96 172 27 1 11 234 69 82 83 31 10 .296 .383 .402 .107 2 2
1991 TEX MLB AL 659 589 108 201 27 3 15 279 78 65 78 36 9 .341 .408 .474 .132 2 0
1992 TEX MLB AL 123 107 19 25 7 0 2 38 8 15 17 1 1 .234 .328 .355 .121 0 1
1993 TEX MLB AL 607 532 85 154 31 3 14 233 84 62 95 9 3 .289 .360 .438 .148 7 5
1994 CHA MLB AL 505 433 72 138 19 2 20 221 98 62 75 8 1 .319 .406 .510 .192 5 0
1996 CLE MLB AL 499 432 72 139 20 1 14 203 76 61 82 8 8 .322 .407 .470 .148 3 0
1997 CLE MLB AL 328 289 46 82 13 1 3 106 25 38 75 8 5 .284 .367 .367 .083 0 1
1997 MIL MLB AL 177 141 22 34 3 0 4 49 19 31 41 7 1 .241 .373 .348 .106 4 0
1999 TBA MLB AL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2001 ATL MLB NL 101 90 13 27 4 0 3 40 11 10 20 0 0 .300 .376 .444 .144 0 0
2002 ATL MLB NL 383 338 51 96 13 1 6 129 30 39 75 5 1 .284 .357 .382 .098 3 2
2003 ATL MLB NL 223 197 28 58 12 2 5 89 31 25 43 0 1 .294 .372 .452 .157 1 0
2004 ATL MLB NL 361 320 37 99 18 3 6 141 57 36 68 4 2 .309 .378 .441 .131 3 1
2005 ATL MLB NL 265 233 30 64 12 1 9 105 42 27 57 4 0 .275 .348 .451 .176 3 1
2006 NYN MLB NL 179 165 14 45 10 0 2 61 26 13 49 6 1 .273 .330 .370 .097 0 0
2007 NYN MLB NL 61 50 7 10 0 0 1 13 8 10 13 2 1 .200 .328 .260 .060 1 0
2007 ATL MLB NL 45 40 1 10 3 0 0 13 8 4 10 0 0 .250 .311 .325 .075 1 0
2007 RIC AAA INT 17 14 2 4 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 .286 .412 .286 .000 0 0
2007 ROM A SAL 16 13 3 4 0 0 0 4 2 1 2 1 0 .308 .438 .308 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-08-17 2003-09-01 15-DL 15 14 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -
1996-08-04 1996-08-30 15-DL 26 23 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
1996-07-07 1996-07-27 15-DL 20 17 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1992-07-09 1992-10-05 60-DL 88 76 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Tendonitis 1992-09-08
1992-05-04 1992-06-01 15-DL 28 25 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendonitis -
1992-03-29 1992-04-22 15-DL 24 15 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendonitis - -
1987-07-13 1987-08-10 15-DL 28 24 Right Elbow Hyperextension - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 ATL $1,150,000
2007 NYN $1,150,000
2006 NYN $1,050,000
2005 ATL $1,000,000
2004 ATL $750,000
2002 ATL $600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,700,000
5 yrTotal$5,700,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
20 y 84 dChuck Berry

Details
  • contract purchased 9/1/07 designated for assignment 8/1/07
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 7/18/07 (minor-league contract)
  • designated for assignment 7/12/07
  • signed as a free agent from ATL 12/05, 2 year/$2.2M (06-07), 06:$1.05M, 07:$1.15M
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/04, 1 year/$1M (05)
  • 1 year/$0.75M (04)
  • contract purchased 3/02
  • 1 year/$0.6M (02) signed 12/01 (minor-league contract), contract purchased 8/01 (Mexican League)

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike what were your too 5 batting stances to imitate on the sand lot when you were a kid? You do the Julio Franco? The Andre Dawson straight leg? The Youkilis slide? The Craig counsel tower?...what should the kids be imitating from today's game?
(Classberg from Chicago)
I was a pitching guy when I was a kid. I loved emulating Fernando's crazy windup, Ron Guidry, and Tom Seaver. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Imagine your memory of every player is erased...which player would you most like to see play for the first time. I'd choose a young Julio Franco, the bat speed plus the arm and the crazy stance.
(Name from Place)
Bo Jackson. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does batting stance matter in scouting? If you saw three players at age 18 with the same hit tool/bat speed, one with Julio Franco's stance, one with Trout's neutral stance and one with Edwin Encarnacion's open stance would you prefer one over the other. I would imagine that Franco's natural complexity would make him more adaptable to a learned adjustment if he struggled during development.
(Name from Place)
I used to worry about it more than I do now. As long as it works, let it rip. Every player has a unique relationship with the bat and the process of putting that bat to the ball. Are there things I want to see mechanically over others? Hell yes. But as long as the bat ends up in the right place in the right time, I don't care how a player makes it happen. (Jason Parks)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking through the FA class of RP and SP, who are this year's Fernando Rodney, Hiroki Kuroda and Wei-Yun Chen?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Projecting relievers is a fool's errand, given the sample sizes involved and the variation in reliever usage from year to year. But I'm a fool, so allow me to take a stab at it. A few names that stand out as potential bargains are Jason Grilli, Joel Peralta, and Octavio Dotel - Dotel might be the Julio Franco of this generations relief pitchers.

On the jukebox: Guns N' Roses, "My Michelle" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Very random question: What current prospect is most likely to have the longest career? Not the best player, the player most likely to resemble Julio Franco. Bonus points if the prospect eats a dozen egg whites before every game.
(SC from Minneapolis)
Elvis Andrus strikes me as a guy that could pull a Vizquel and play until he's 75 years-old (Jason Parks)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm fond of True Grit. Aside from Julio Franco, Moyer and the lot, which player do you think has least in the way of comparables? (I'm struck by this in seeing that Mauer's comps seem to be a lot of players WAY worse than him.)
(collins from greenville nc)
Ichiro is a guy that PECOTA has always had trouble finding comps for - his index number last year was 17. However, as I said, Clay has expanded the possible universe of players a bit so I expect that it will feel a bit more confident in its list of comparables this year, even if it has to go back to Sam Rice to find one. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How do scouts typically measure bat speed? Can they just tell or do they look for a hitter's ability to hit mid-90s heat on the inside or up in the zone?
(Dillon from Pasadena)
There's not some kind of timed measurement, but you are looking for barrel velocity as well as kind of a pop-time thing where you want to see how quick the bat flies into the hitting zone from the time one starts their swing. You're looking for warning signs like bat wrap, or hitches and triggers, but you also have to accept the fact that sometimes things just work for a guy. Julio Franco had an INSANE bat wrap, but you had no reason to fix it. Hunter Pence has a big ol' hitch, but it works, Gary Sheffield's waggle trigger -- you'd never teach it, but you'd never ask him to change it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christian Guzman... is he really going to be as good as his projections say? Are his comps all late bloomers?
(krissbeth from watertown)
I just have a very real problem with taking Cristian Guzman all that seriously, but happily, Jim Bowden keeps him locked down with the Nats, essentially making the question academic (or one for the realm of fantasy). Snark aside, he's come back better than I expected as a hitter, but his comps (Schoendienst, Julio Franco, Michael Young, and Grudz) are cause for continuing optimism. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Likely to make an in-season roster?: Julio Franco, Jeff Weaver, Bonds, Clemens.
(Bill W from Brooklyn NY)
Still holding out hope for Bonds. Y'know, if the Mariners just got over themselves and plugged in Bonds for Vidro, they might actually be able to take advantage of the Angels' injuries. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)So, what are PECOTA's comps for Billy Crystal? ;) (But seriously: He didn't look that bad out there, to these eyes. Are we that far away from when medical science gives us 59-60 year-old ball players?)
(MA from Athens, GA)
Luke Appling, 1950; Julio Franco, 2007; Henny Youngman, any year.

...I think we're still pretty far away from seniors ballplayers, but it's not out of the realm of possibility some decades hence. If I'm still here answering questions then, remind me that you were ahead of the curve. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)There are a lot of veterans in the NRIs. Where do you see Julio Franco in his quest to play as a pentagenarian?
(patsen29 from Toronto)
Done. He might still be able to catch up to the odd offering from a lefty, but he's a pinch-hitter in a game that doesn't really reserve roster space for the type any more. He could do it if he popped into the wayback machine to the '80s, when guys like Steve Braun and le grand Orange and Greg Gross and Harry Spilman were on rosters, but then either he wouldn't be a pentagenarian any more, or he could run into himself and blow a hole in the space-time continuum or something. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is anyone going to sign Julio Franco? He turns 50 in August, and his goal was to play until then.
(Rich from Columbus,OH)
My guess is that someone will give him that chance. Minnie Minoso was certainly a better player than Franco -- he had a lifetime 130 OPS+ -- but Franco was better after the age of 40. While Minoso's cameos came at ages 50 and 54, his "real" career ended at age 38.

Minoso trivia: His one base hit at age 50 or over came off Sid Monge.

Franco trivia: He has reached base all 4 times he has faced John Franco.

Franco trivia part 2: He went 1-for-7 in his career against Gaylord Perry, who is now 69 years old. (David Laurila)


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