Friday, July 31, 2009

2009 Chachi #53 Ben Francisco

Ben will wear #10 with the Phillies. He had been #12 with the Indians, but that number is currently occupied by a legendary Philadelphia folk hero.

Phillies debut: July 30, 2009
Major League debut: May 1, 2007
Former team: Cleveland Indians 2007-2009
How acquired: Acquired from the Cleveland Indians with Cliff Lee for Carlos Carrasco, Jason Donald, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson, July 29, 2009
Pictured: Phillies website head shot for now.

Ben Francisco plugs another hole within the Phillies' 25-man roster by providing a legitimate right-handed bat off the bench. He'll also see occasional spot starts in all three outfield positions, although he's played mostly in left over the past few seasons. John Mayberry, Jr. will head back down to AAA Lehigh Valley to continue to work on his swing.

UPDATE, August 31 - I've commandeered the picture from the Phillies Team Issue Update set.


Pop-Pop said...

I always think of Larry Bowa when I see the number 10

Jim said...

Me too . . . I think Geoff Jenkins (last year) was the first person to wear #10 since Bowa was fired as manager.