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Marlon Anderson To New Orleans
2007-07-12 14:30
by Jon Weisman

Marlon Anderson signed a minor-league contract with the Mets - who have designated 47-year-old Julio Franco for assignment - according to D.J. Short of MetsBlog. Anderson will first report to AAA New Orleans.

The Mets, in case you haven't heard, have named ex-Dodger (and ex-everyone) Rickey Henderson as their new hitting coach. I, for one, will be rooting for a September 1 activation of Rickey.

I really want to thank Anderson for the great memories he gave us Dodger fans in such a short time. I'll cheer him any time I see him. Except in the library, where we must all be quiet.

Comments (74)
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2007-07-12 14:31:47
1.   Gagne55
The New York Mets- where ex-Dodgers go to find employment.
2007-07-12 14:32:01
2.   gpellamjr
Julio Franco DFA? Wow.

I could have sworn he was 48 by now.

2007-07-12 14:32:31
3.   underdog
Any word on when the Mets will be signing Brady Clark?
2007-07-12 14:34:52
4.   Marty
Pay Rickey!
2007-07-12 14:35:23
5.   Jon Weisman
I forgot about Brady. Is he still jobless?
2007-07-12 14:38:40
6.   ToyCannon
For a guy whose pickup was either scorned or ignored he made the biggest impact as a Dodger in Sept in my lifetime. Is that hyperbole? I really don't think so. Thanks Marlon
2007-07-12 14:39:00
7.   Ricardo
I´ll always remember Marlon´s HR against the Padres.And I hope that Olmedo never leaves the Dodgers, he´s the best!
2007-07-12 14:39:24
8.   Gagne55
I hope somebody signs Julio. The sad thing is that if he hadn't played in Mexico/Korea from 1998-2000 and Japan in 1995, he'd likely be closing in on 3000 hits.

That's four years in the middle of his career in which he totaled 1 major league at bat.

2007-07-12 14:39:56
9.   ToyCannon
As soon as Lasting Milledge gets hurt and joins Alou, Gomez, and Chavez on the DL.
2007-07-12 14:40:20
10.   underdog
5 Yep, last I checked.

Buena suerte, Marlon! Except when the Mets play the Dodgers.

2007-07-12 14:41:48
11.   Humma Kavula
Not just his home run -- his performance the entire game on September 18 was brilliant.

I know why we call that game 4+1 and really, that's the proper name, and that's fine. But in the Kavula house, we call it The Marlon Anderson Game.

2007-07-12 14:42:28
12.   regfairfield
I wonder if this is the first time a club has DFAd it's all time OPS+ leader.
2007-07-12 14:42:50
13.   Eric Stephen
8 I think it is awesome that Franco's age 39-41 years (1998-2000) is considered the middle of his career.
2007-07-12 14:44:01
14.   Ricardo
11. How many hits he got that night? 4?
2007-07-12 14:44:19
15.   Eric Stephen
14 Five
2007-07-12 14:44:33
16.   Humma Kavula
When was the last time the Mets did not have a Franco on the roster?
2007-07-12 14:45:00
17.   ToyCannon
I loved Rickey when he came up, despised him for unknown reasons during the middle of his career and then regretted not appreciating his personality and ability at the end of his career. Unfortunately I have to hope he does not have success in NY as their batting coach and instead focuses on teaching them how to play cards.
2007-07-12 14:45:33
18.   Eric Stephen
16 When was Generalissimo's final year?
2007-07-12 14:46:30
19.   ssjames
12 Isn't James Loney the Dodgers all-time OPS+ leader? I thought he was, or at least he was a couple weeks ago.
2007-07-12 14:47:38
20.   El Lay Dave
14 The boxscore of that historic game:
2007-07-12 14:49:14
21.   Ricardo
16.John Franco played his last season with Mets in 2004 and in 2006 Julio was signed, so the answer is 2005 I think.
18.Franscisco? Well, I don´t know I think he died in the 70s.
2007-07-12 14:50:30
22.   Humma Kavula
21 That's too bad. If John Franco had been with the Mets just one more year, the answer would have been 1989.
2007-07-12 14:50:49
23.   Dodgers49
Scott Boras: A-Rod will make at least $32M

2007-07-12 14:50:49
24.   Jon Weisman
19 - Can you top Roy Gleason, 769 OPS+?

2007-07-12 14:51:29
25.   bryanf
20 Wow, I did not remember that Oscar Robles was around for that game...
2007-07-12 14:52:33
26.   Ricardo
22. 2005 was Minaya´s first season with the Mets, the team changed a lot.Did Al Leiter play for the Mets in 2005?
2007-07-12 14:54:27
27.   ssjames
I found this question and answer in a BP chat today, which humorously mentions Colleti's folly, and thought it needed to be shared here.

Scott (New Jersey): Wouldn't it be a good idea for the Dodgers to get Matt Kemp in the lineup every day?

Christina Kahrl: Of course it would be. Making Juan Pierre the game's fastest pinch-deliverer of lineup cards might actually extract value by guaranteeing earlier start times or something.

2007-07-12 14:55:29
28.   DadofMondy
The picture of Marlon Anderson right after he hit the fourth home run (with his eyes widening and in his back swing) was my background image for a few months. Great picture. Will always love Marlon. Olmedo, as mentioned above, is another one that we will miss when he's gone. When our postgame guy interviewed him in Spanish earlier this year, prompting flawless English in return, it was classic. There's a lot that's fun about this team. BTW, Dolores Umbridge is a bee-yotch!
2007-07-12 14:58:19
29.   Curtis Lowe
Marlon had a cool flinstonesque run after every home run. his late 2006 run will be missed.
2007-07-12 15:01:30
30.   ToyCannon
Yea, she was great. Loved the last 45 minutes of the movie.
2007-07-12 15:08:04
31.   The Rabbits Rarely Loose
Brian Kenny doesnt get enough credit for knowing about baseball. . . or maybe its just the fact that he works for ESPN, with the likes of Kruk and Morgan
2007-07-12 15:12:11
32.   blue22
31 - I'm still waiting for Rob Neyer or Keith Law to get a little screentime with Kruk and Phillips on BT. I think that would be entertaining to watch.
2007-07-12 15:15:37
33.   Robert Daeley
2007-07-12 15:31:18
34.   overkill94
To jump in on the nametag discussion from the last thread...

I'm pretty much against it since I didn't have much of a problem remembering everyone's identity last year (screen names at least). Then again, there were only 20 or so last year and there will be 40 this year, but the dorkiness factor would still be pretty high.

2007-07-12 15:39:04
35.   bryanf
34 Speaking of the dorkiness factor (which, by the way, I have no problem being a part of), I've never been more upset that I didn't get a Dodger Thoughts t-shirt when I had the chance. Wouldn't all forty of us wearing the same shirt be a sight to see? Any chance we can get our name on the scoreboard? "The Dodgers welcome Dodger Thoughts readers!"
2007-07-12 15:40:21
36.   El Lay Dave
Penarol1916: In my LATendered 163 in the last thread, I backed off my previous poor analogy, FWIW.
2007-07-12 15:45:04
37.   regfairfield
35 I think the only other people dressed identically would be Mrs. Parson's third grade class.
2007-07-12 15:48:15
38.   still bevens

The Dodgers have announced that Brett Tomko will start against the Giants on Sunday.

(from Diamond Leung)

2007-07-12 15:49:33
39.   D4P
I guess it helps to be friends with the GM.
2007-07-12 15:52:43
40.   Bob Timmermann
Free baseballs for the first five people to be in their seats at the start of the game on Sunday!
2007-07-12 15:57:05
41.   D4P
Free baseballs for 2-3 people in the outfield bleachers over the course of the bottom halves of the first four innings on Sunday!
2007-07-12 15:57:45
42.   Eric Stephen
Well, Lowe getting pushed back to Monday pretty much locks him in for DT day, July 21 (barring injury of course).
2007-07-12 15:58:39
43.   Eric Stephen
Oh wait, I forgot Wolf was scheduled to come back July 21.
2007-07-12 15:58:46
44.   blue22
41 - Or to some lucky kayaker.
2007-07-12 15:59:45
45.   xaphor
Does Ned want Bonds to break the record against us or is this a fiendish plan to give him a couple this series so he will have surpassed the mark by the time they roll into Dodger Stadium.
2007-07-12 16:00:18
46.   Robert Daeley
44 Followed shortly thereafter by "Free pitcher for one semi-lucky kayaker."
2007-07-12 16:00:40
47.   D4P
Or to some lucky kayaker

Oops, forgot about them!

2007-07-12 16:05:27
48.   silverwidow
Sunday is now a guaranteed loss.
2007-07-12 16:07:23
49.   Jon Weisman
48 - That's what people said about last Sunday.

I mean, I wouldn't start Tomko, but this is like overreacting to a day in the stock market.

2007-07-12 16:08:01
50.   Ricardo
Tomko? I´m sick of HR Derby in San Francisco! :P
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2007-07-12 16:08:21
51.   Eric Stephen
I wonder what's wrong with Lowe. I don't get the timing of this at all. After the break, here is the rotation:

Fri - Billingsley
Sat - Penny
Sun - Tomko
Mon - Lowe
Tue - Hendrickson
Wed - Billingsley
7/19 - Penny

July 20 is open. Technically Randy Wolf can come off the DL on July 19, but Little said, as reported in the OC Register July 8, Wolf was scheduled to pitch July 21. Little also said the "Tomko" spot would only come up once after the break.

So, if Wolf is ready, he starts July 20 and Tomko is skipped. If Wolf is not ready, God help us all as Tomko gets another start followed by Lowe on DT day.

2007-07-12 16:08:46
52.   Cornell Blue Fan
I would rather have him start vs the Giants than the Phillies. Maybe starting him outside Dodger Stadium wouldn't hurt, hes pretty down on himself right now.
2007-07-12 16:09:30
53.   bhsportsguy
43 Folks, Wolf can come off the DL on Thursday the 19th, it just means that now Grady gets to break up his lefties.

The rotation for now barring any setbacks.

Chad - 7/13; 7/18; 7/23; 7/28
Brad - 7/14; 7/19; 7/24; 7/29
Brett/Randy - 7/15; 7/20; 7/25
Derek - 7/16; 7/21; 7/26
Mark - 7/17; 7/22; 7/27

After that they get a day off on the Monday July 30, so they can do some shuffling, etc.

Someone was going to have to start a game while Randy was on the DL, the candidates were either Tomko or Stults unless someone was recalled so we shall see what happens.

2007-07-12 16:12:44
54.   Hallux Valgus
Captain Zapp Brannigan: We don't know who they are or where they come from, but we do know that they stand for everything we don't stand for. Also, I heard they said you guys look like dorks.
Bender: They look like dorks!
2007-07-12 16:13:21
55.   DodgerBakers
23. Re: Boras and A-Rod.
Not surprised a bit. There was a THT article a bit ago that looked at how Boras sets the table for large offers for his star players. Makes me wonder why more agents don't do the same thing. Makes me a little upset. First Boras hints that A-Rod "might" leave, then says $30M, and now $32. Wouldn't be surprised if he goes for $35M...
2007-07-12 16:13:46
56.   blue22
the candidates were either Tomko or Stults

Considering Tomko hasn't started a game in nearly two months, I can't see how this is the right decision.

2007-07-12 16:16:45
57.   jasonungar07
I have such a love/hate relationship with this team. By far the most since I have been a dodger fan.
2007-07-12 16:19:09
58.   bhsportsguy
57 How can one start by any pitcher change your feelings about the Dodgers?
2007-07-12 16:19:23
59.   silverwidow
49-There isn't an ounce of hyperbole in what I said. Tomko is THAT bad.
2007-07-12 16:20:16
60.   Jon Weisman
59 - If there's no hyperbole in your statement, how much money will you give me if the Dodgers win?
2007-07-12 16:23:19
61.   Kevin Lewis
I really hope Bret pitches a great game. He has it in him, and it might make it possible to trade him down the road. Maybe he needs a new scenery (a la Jeff Weaver last year).

I am also happy that Lowe might start on Monday when I am in the all-you-can-eat pavilion.

2007-07-12 16:24:54
62.   Eric Stephen
Is anyone else having trouble loading the Play Index on I've been getting a server error for a couple hours.
2007-07-12 16:24:55
63.   Bob Timmermann
Wouldn't you want a pitcher who works slowly, like Hendrickson, when you're in the All-You-Can-Eat Pavilion in order to maximize the time you have for gustatory delights?
2007-07-12 16:25:27
64.   Bob Timmermann
The home page of reads

We apologize we are suffering a database outage at the moment!

2007-07-12 16:27:41
66.   Sammy Maudlin
James McDonald is making his debut start tonight for Jacksonville. So far it is interesting. Is Giuseppe Norrito a prospect? He has a whip of 1.05 and is undefeated, not to many strikeouts though.
2007-07-12 16:28:26
67.   Eric Stephen
64 Thanks Bob. It's only in the "WAR" type size on the front page!

In fairness, I was on the 2007 Dodgers page trying to click the play index.

2007-07-12 16:28:54
68.   Hallux Valgus
63 so Steve Trachsel on the mound and Joey Chestnutt in the pavillion would be a battle for the ages!
2007-07-12 16:30:25
69.   blue22
68 - I was just going to make my "Steve Trachsel: Hero to the Gluttons" joke!
2007-07-12 16:31:10
70.   bryanf
63 Too bad Trachsel is in the AL now...when he pitches he would give people enough time to eat as many hot dogs as Joey Chestnut.
2007-07-12 16:31:34
71.   bryanf
68 BAH! I'm so slow on the trigger.
2007-07-12 16:32:45
72.   Jon Weisman
It's the bottom of the hour - time for another new post.
2007-07-12 16:33:30
73.   Bluebleeder87

you don't hear the name Giuseppe Norrito to often, that's hard core Italian isn't it.

2007-07-12 16:38:23
74.   underdog
People may be overreacting - or at least there's always a chance Tomko gets fired up to pitch vs. his old team - but, that said, I'm glad Sunday is not the game I'm going to.

I just... don't like the odds.

2007-07-12 16:54:45
75.   Woody
I've always thought Tomko was a mediocore pitcher throughout his career. I wasn't happy about his signing, anymore than the rest of you. His failure this year and parts of last year have driven me crazy. But he still throws hard, and looks physically capable of getting guys out. Though I hate to see him ever pitching in a game that is close or a must-win, I really feel sorry for him, and hope he fares well if it's absolutely necessary that he starts (though I'd rather see Stults or Holton.

On the Marlon Anderson thread, I saw University of South Alabama play their alumni at Eddie Stanky Field on a chilly, windy day here in Mobile in February this year. Pierre and Gonzalez were there and are two of the most revered Jaguars there's an indoor batting cage named after Luis), but Marlon was there as well. Though he didn't play that day because of his surgery, he was extremely friendly with the crowd, and I overheard a family who addressed him personallly, who he said that he'd see after the game (maybe local family or relatives). He just looked like a nice guy, who you'd like to know. Best regards to Marlon Anderson.

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