Cooperstown Choices: Julio Franco

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2013, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty four men on the ballot for the first time this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2013 menu at the top of the page.

In this article, we take a look at Julio Franco

 

Julio Franco
Franco enjoyed an extremely long career that spanned 23 seasons in the major leagues, playing for 8 different teams.  During his long career, Franco would win five Silver Slugger Awards and appear on three All Star rosters after finishing second for the Rookie Of The Year award in 1983.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1982 PHI 16 29 3 8 1 0 0 3 0 2 4 .276 .323 .310 .633 76
1983 CLE 149 560 68 153 24 8 8 80 32 27 50 .273 .306 .388 .693 87
1984 CLE 160 658 82 188 22 5 3 79 19 43 68 .286 .331 .348 .679 87
1985 CLE 160 636 97 183 33 4 6 90 13 54 74 .288 .343 .381 .723 99
1986 CLE 149 599 80 183 30 5 10 74 10 32 66 .306 .338 .422 .760 108
1987 CLE 128 495 86 158 24 3 8 52 32 57 56 .319 .389 .428 .818 117
1988 CLE 152 613 88 186 23 6 10 54 25 56 72 .303 .361 .409 .771 114
1989 TEX 150 548 80 173 31 5 13 92 21 66 69 .316 .386 .462 .848 137
1990 TEX 157 582 96 172 27 1 11 69 31 82 83 .296 .383 .402 .785 121
1991 TEX 146 589 108 201 27 3 15 78 36 65 78 .341 .408 .474 .882 146
1992 TEX 35 107 19 25 7 0 2 8 1 15 17 .234 .328 .355 .683 95
1993 TEX 144 532 85 154 31 3 14 84 9 62 95 .289 .360 .438 .798 118
1994 CHW 112 433 72 138 19 2 20 98 8 62 75 .319 .406 .510 .916 137
1996 CLE 112 432 72 139 20 1 14 76 8 61 82 .322 .407 .470 .877 123
1997 TOT 120 430 68 116 16 1 7 44 15 69 116 .270 .369 .360 .730 91
1997 CLE 78 289 46 82 13 1 3 25 8 38 75 .284 .367 .367 .734 91
1997 MIL 42 141 22 34 3 0 4 19 7 31 41 .241 .373 .348 .720 90
1999 TBD 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2001 ATL 25 90 13 27 4 0 3 11 0 10 20 .300 .376 .444 .821 109
2002 ATL 125 338 51 96 13 1 6 30 5 39 75 .284 .357 .382 .739 94
2003 ATL 103 197 28 58 12 2 5 31 0 25 43 .294 .372 .452 .824 113
2004 ATL 125 320 37 99 18 3 6 57 4 36 68 .309 .378 .441 .818 111
2005 ATL 108 233 30 64 12 1 9 42 4 27 57 .275 .348 .451 .799 107
2006 NYM 95 165 14 45 10 0 2 26 6 13 49 .273 .330 .370 .699 81
2007 TOT 55 90 8 20 3 0 1 16 2 14 23 .222 .321 .289 .610 61
2007 NYM 40 50 7 10 0 0 1 8 2 10 13 .200 .328 .260 .588 57
2007 ATL 15 40 1 10 3 0 0 8 0 4 10 .250 .311 .325 .636 67
23 Yrs 2527 8677 1285 2586 407 54 173 1194 281 917 1341 .298 .365 .417 .782 111
162 Game Avg. 162 556 82 166 26 3 11 77 18 59 86 .298 .365 .417 .782 111
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
CLE (8 yrs) 1088 4282 619 1272 189 33 62 530 147 368 543 .297 .352 .400 .752 103
ATL (6 yrs) 501 1218 160 354 62 7 29 179 13 141 273 .291 .363 .424 .788 104
TEX (5 yrs) 632 2358 388 725 123 12 55 331 98 290 342 .307 .382 .440 .822 129
NYM (2 yrs) 135 215 21 55 10 0 3 34 8 23 62 .256 .329 .344 .673 76
TBD (1 yr) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
PHI (1 yr) 16 29 3 8 1 0 0 3 0 2 4 .276 .323 .310 .633 76
MIL (1 yr) 42 141 22 34 3 0 4 19 7 31 41 .241 .373 .348 .720 90
CHW (1 yr) 112 433 72 138 19 2 20 98 8 62 75 .319 .406 .510 .916 137
AL (15 yrs) 1875 7215 1101 2169 334 47 141 978 260 751 1002 .301 .366 .419 .785 113
NL (8 yrs) 652 1462 184 417 73 7 32 216 21 166 339 .285 .357 .410 .768 99
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.

Why He Should Get In
Franco might get consideration simply on the length of his career.  That being said, it is really the sole remarkable number that jumps out about him.

Why He Should Not Get In
His long career boasted very little to brag about, save one batting title in 1991.  His career numbers will not lead him into Cooperstown.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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