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Crossed Up Radio: Aug. 26, 2019

Russ Joy - August 27, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up Radio airs on 610 ESPN Philadelphia every Monday from 5-6PM. Listen on your radio or via the 610ESPN stream.

Anthony and Bob discuss the Cesar Hernandez benching miscommunication, Maikel Franco’s demotion, blowing missed opportunities, Nick Pivetta’s demotion, and looking ahead at the Pirates series.

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In a Surprising Move, Phillies Send Maikel Franco to Lehigh Valley

Bob Wankel - August 4, 2019

In a move that’s a little bit of a stunner, the Phillies have optioned third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while Brad Miller has been activated from the IL.

Why Franco?

Gabe Kapler told reporters prior to this afternoon’s game that a few factors went into the decision. Among them:

  • Franco is a one position player, while Sean Rodriguez can play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield.
  • Franco has been unable to hit left-handed pitching this season. He’s batting only .198 with a .638 OPS against LHP, while Rodriguez has posted a .306 average to go along with a .973 OPS.
  • The addition of Corey Dickerson, along with the impending return of Jay Bruce from the IL, means the Phillies have a surplus of outfielders. Scott Kingery will come back to “the dirt,” as Kapler said, which means he will absorb bulk of playing time at third base.

Here’s Gabe on going with Rodriguez over Franco:

This felt like the appropriate time to make a move that’s very difficult for the clubhouse because we all care deeply about Maikel Franco, he’s an exceptional teammate, a great person,and we all love him, but we felt like the best roster for the Philadelphia Phillies had Sean Rodriguez on it right now because of his versatility and ability to play all over the diamond.

And here he is on why the team is rolling with Miller:

We have a left-handed power bat and on-base threat in Brad Miller. We definitely want to have that profile available on the bench.

Very well.

Beyond the numbers, the move is interesting from a chemistry standpoint. Franco is a popular player in the Phillies clubhouse. Will some be angry over the move? Will others view it as a wake-up call? We’ll hear from some of those guys postgame.

Meanwhile, the decision to send down Franco could be construed as the team essentially closing the door on him – it’s hard to imagine that he’s the third baseman of the future after being sent down in the middle of a wild card race -but Kapler did say Franco is an injury away from a call up, while he certainly would return when the roster expands on Sept. 1.

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Maikel Franco’s Improved Play is Coming at Exactly the Right Time

Bob Wankel - July 9, 2018

We’ve been down the Maikel Franco road to redemption before, only to find that the road always leads off a cliff of two-hoppers to shortstop and missed sliders that spin low, away, and out of the strike zone.

The promise he showed in 80 games as a rookie three seasons ago has long been replaced by disappointment, and there’s a sense of permanent resignation that we have already witnessed the best of what he has to offer. But a funny thing has happened in recent weeks as the Phillies have climbed back atop the NL East. While there’s been increased speculation that the team is looking to upgrade at third base ahead of a potential playoff push, Franco has given the Phillies an unexpected offensive boost.

While his .269 batting average, 10 homers, and 40 RBI don’t jump off the stat sheet, he’s suddenly putting together a quality offensive season and is at least giving the team something to think about ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. In 19 games since June 16, Franco has hit .370 with a .433 OBP% and 1.026 OPS. He has the fifth-best batting average in all of baseball during that same stretch. To quantify his offensive performance from a Phillies perspective, his .761 OPS is currently higher than that of Cesar Hernandez (.760), and is fourth-best on the team behind only Rhys Hoskins (.855), Odubel Herrera (.804), and Carlos Santana (.784).

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It’s Dumb that the Phillies Are Trying to Get Maikel Franco Back this Season

Jim Adair - September 10, 2015

It’s been just about a month since Maikel Franco suffered a non-broken broken wrist when he took a fastball to his hand and fell to the ground in pain. The Phillies have 22 games remaining in their season, and they want to bring Franco back before this year’s finale. That’s stupid.

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Both David Murphy and Ryan Lawrence displayed something on Twitter that the Phillies seem to have a lack of: Common sense. Franco is your best young star (non-pitcher category) and has already committed to playing winter ball to keep loose/get better in the off-season. It’s not like he doesn’t improve the team. From Lawrence’s report:

The Phillies are 22-40 (.355 winning percentage) in the 62 games they’ve played without Franco (before he was called up from Triple A on May 15, and after he was hurt). With Franco healthy and available, the Phillies are 32-46 (.410 winning percentage).

The Phillies are averaging 3.52 runs per game without Franco and 4.09 runs per game with him. The National League average for runs per game is 4.13.

Still below average, but obviously better. However, it doesn’t matter. This team isn’t going to win anything other than the futility award for the worst team in baseball. They’re already been eliminated from playoff contention. And Franco is perhaps your best shot at a superstar currently on your roster, so why rush him? Why put him back into meaningless baseball games with a wrist that, while pain-free, might still be susceptible to re-injury (cough cough Joel Embiid cough). The return of Franco isn’t going to fill the stands are the scorecard, so just hold him out until next season, when he probably won’t be playing for anything either, but we can pretend he is for about half the season.

Maikel Franco Does Indeed Have a Fractured Wrist, This Despite Franco Being Told It Wasn’t Broken Last Week

Kyle Scott - August 18, 2015

Photo credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

“Just a little ice’ll be fine” Photo credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies today announced that rookie slugger Maikel Franco – who “thought it might be broken” when he was hit by a pitch last week… whose manager, zombie Pete Mackanin, “thought for sure it was broken” – does indeed have a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist and will be placed on the DL retroactive to August 12.

Apparently, an MRI conducted yesterday showed off the fracture which an X-ray missed. He’ll wear a brace for the next 2-3 weeks and could be done for the season.

The Phillies’ medical team strikes again!*

*Working name for this crack medical staff: The Second Opinions!

Watch Maikel Franco Bury a 98 MPH Aroldis Chapman Fastball into the Left-Center Seats

Kyle Scott - June 3, 2015

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Second night in a row Franco has hit a late-innings home run to tie the game. He also broke up Mike Leake’s no-hitter in the seventh. He’s better than former third baseman and newfangled left fielder Cody Asche.

The Phils won on a walk-off error.

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Maikel Franco Has Been Called Up, Does Anyone Give a Shit?

Kyle Scott - May 15, 2015

Photo credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Photo credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Todd Zolecki:

The Phillies announced this morning they have recalled Maikel Franco from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Franco is the No. 54 prospect in baseball, according to He is expected to be at third base tonight for the Phillies’ series opener against Arizona at Citizens Bank Park.

Franco’s arrival became imminent Monday, when the Phillies optioned third baseman Cody Asche to Triple-A, where is learning to become a left fielder.

54th-best prospect. Cool. Not taking anything away from Franco, who could turn out to be a great player, but his arrival on this putrid Phillies team is about as exciting as late night cable fare after the proliferation of residential broadband. Like, yeah, you’ll leave the channel on for a few extra minutes if you flip by, but it’s not exactly appointment viewing like it would’ve been years ago. And it’s made all the more mehhhhhhh given the Phillies’ inexplicable lack of foresight to, you know, see this coming, which led to their curious decision to send Franco’s mildly-heated corner predecessor, Cody Asche, to Lehigh Valley to learn a new position instead of just letting him do it on the AAA team that plays at One Citizens Bank Way in Philadelphia.

Cody Asche Has (At Least!) 10 Days to Learn Left Field and Then Start There for the Phillies

Jim Adair - May 12, 2015

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Things are going great.

Yesterday, a couple of days before the Phillies give out the “Sports 4 All Cody Asche Wiffle Ball and Bat Set,” they sent Asche down to Triple-A. Why? To learn a completely new position, of course. He’s got to stay there for at least ten days. The move is being made because, for one thing, the Phillies need outfielders. For another, according to Jim Salisbury, they’re planning on bringing Maikel Franco up as early as the end of the week (waiting until Friday will delay his eventual free agency) and feel he’s the future at third.

It’s gonna be awkward for Asche up in Lehigh Valley, though. I can imagine the pitching change conferences in center as Dom Brown comes in from right:

Dom Brown: Hey Cody, what are you doing here?

Asche: They’re giving me ten days to learn left field and then probably calling me back up.

Dom: Cool, cool. Wait, what?

Things are going great.