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90. Julio Franco
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 23, 1958 in Hato Mayor del Rey, Ha D.R.
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 23, 1982
  • Final Game: September 17, 2007
  • Silver Slugger - 1988
  • Silver Slugger - 1989
  • TSN All-Star - 1989
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1990
  • Silver Slugger - 1990
  • TSN All-Star - 1990
  • Silver Slugger - 1991
  • TSN All-Star - 1991
  • Silver Slugger - 1994
 
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If Baseball truly is an International game, then we would like to name Julio Franco as its Global Ambassador.

The Dominican born Franco, played Baseball professionally until the age of 47 in the United States, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and his home country. Cooperstown does not recognize accomplishments abroad, but despite playing outside of the Majors for an extended period of time, he still amassed over 2,500 hits. Franco had a strange batting stance, but considering he batted over .300 eight times, a Batting Title and five Silver Sluggers, it had to be considered effective.

Entering his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility, Julio Franco may be the ultimate test of whether the Baseball Hall of Fame would reward durability over what is considered traditionally great by Baseball standards.

Should Julio Franco be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 57.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.2%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Hato Mayor del Ray, Dominican Republic
  • Eligible In: Sunday, 01 January 2012
  • Position: First Base, Second Base, Short Stop, Designated Hitter
  • Played For: Texas Rangers, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1989, 1990 & 1991)
    All Star Game MVP (1) (1990)
    Highest Batting Average (1) (AL) (1991)
    Most At Bats (1) (AL) (1984)
    Highest WAR for Position Players (1) (AL) (1994)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (AL: 1994, 8th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Runs Batted In)
    1 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Proability Added)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 53.   Games Played: 2,527
    77.   Power-Speed: 214.2
    87.   Hits: 2,586
    95.   At Bats: 8,677
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2013: 1.1
  • Should be Inducted As A: Cleveland Indian

Should Julio Franco be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 57.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 10.2%

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