Pitcher, York Revolution, formerly of the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves
Born: 3/9/74 in Wilmington, Delaware
Resides: Rising Sun, Maryland
College: University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Major League Debut: July 24, 2000 for the Houston Astros against the Cincinnati Reds, at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati.
When the history of the York Revolution is written, one pitcher will stand out as someone who was there from the very beginning. Wayne Franklin will enter the 2009 season as the Revolution’s all-time wins leader, with 20. After going 8-3 in 16 appearances and 13 starts for the Revs in 2007, Franklin followed that up with a 12-5 record in 36 appearances and 19 starts in 2008.
The crafty veteran lefty has been one of manager Chris Hoiles’ main options for two seasons, dependable as either a starter or reliever. Franklin also displayed that versatility during his Major League career, which spans seven seasons and 143 appearances. Franklin started a career high 34 games in 2003 for Milwaukee, and followed that up by making a career high 43 appearances (two starts) for San Francisco in 2004. His other Major League stops included 13 appearances with the Yankees in 2005 and 11 with Atlanta in 2006.
Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996 out of UMBC, Franklin debuted as a professional that summer. In 1999 he joined the Houston Astros organization, reaching the Majors for the first time in 2000, making 36 relief appearances between that year and 2001.
In 13 professional seasons, Franklin owns an impressive career record of 77-52, including 14 wins at the Major League level.
In addition to his baseball exploits, Wayne Franklin is one of the faces of the Revolution franchise in the community. His contributions include baseball camps, fantasy camps and several other appearances and autograph signings.
Franklin’s professionalism has not been lost on the Revolution front office either.
“I could really see Wayne being a pitching coach in the Atlantic League someday,” says General Manager Matt O’Brien. “You can just tell he’d be a good fit for coaching.”