Tony Franklin

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Anthony Wayne Franklin

  • Bats Right usually (Switch-hit sometimes), Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 155 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tony Franklin spent 8 years in the minor leagues, including 3 at AAA, before becoming a minor league coach and eventually manager. He debuted with the 1970 Tampa Tarpons, hitting .206/~.328/.217. He stole 20 bases in 24 tries and drew 72 walks in 113 games, but only managed three extra-base hits (2 doubles and a triple) in 378 AB as Tampa's starting second baseman. In 1971, Tony returned to Tampa, moving to shortstop and improved to a .218/~.345/.269 line though he was just 14 for 30 in steals. He drew 93 walks and scored 74. He was third in the Florida State League in walks.

In 1972, he began a three-year run with the Trois-Rivières Aigles. He hit .202/~.356/.267 in 127 games his first year, serving as the principal shortstop and drawing 77 walks. In 1973, Franklin moved to second to make way for Doug Flynn and improved to a .267/~.376/.349 line at the plate. In his last year with the Aigles, Tony popped a career-high seven home runs and hit .242/~.355/.363 while alternating between second base and third base.

Franklin (formerly a right-handed hitter) was a switch-hitter during 1975 in his AAA debut with the Indianapolis Indians. He batted .235/~.357/.315 in 99 games and stole 11 bases in 13 tries. He fielded .988 at second base. In 1976, Tony only played one game for Indianapolis. He then moved on to the Chicago Cubs chain. There, he hit .237/~.337/.323 in 67 games for the Midland Cubs and stole 15 in 19 attempts. He also played 20 games with the Wichita Aeros; overall for Wichita and Indianapolis, he hit a fine .333/~.446/.420 in AAA. He again hit right-handed that year.

In 1977, he moved to the Montréal Expos system and batted .224/~.350/.276 in 33 games as a utility man for the Quebec Metros and again switch-hit. He is listed as also pitching one game for the Rochester Red Wings in 1979 to conclude his career.

Franklin was a player/coach with the West Palm Beach Expos in 1978, coach with Rochester in 1979, and a scout for the Orioles in 1980-1981. From 1982-86, Franklin managed in the Chicago Cubs system and from 1988 to 1993 in the Chicago White Sox organization.

He was the Minor league infield instructor for the San Diego Padres from 1996 to 2006, briefly managing again in 2000. He was named manager of the Trenton Thunder in 2007 and won Eastern League titles in his first two seasons with the club.

Sources include 1971-1980 Baseball Guides

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1982 Geneva Cubs New York-Penn League 36-39 6th Chicago Cubs
1983 Geneva Cubs New York-Penn League 33-40 8th Chicago Cubs
1984 Geneva Cubs New York-Penn League 38-36 6th Chicago Cubs
1985 Geneva Cubs New York-Penn League 45-33 3rd (t) Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1986 Wytheville Cubs Appalachian League 22-46 7th Chicago Cubs
1989 Sarasota White Sox Florida State League 79-57 2nd Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1990 Sarasota White Sox Florida State League 63-75 8th Chicago White Sox
1991 Birmingham Barons Southern League 77-66 2nd Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1992 Birmingham Barons Southern League 68-74 6th Chicago White Sox
1993 South Bend White Sox Midwest League 77-59 5th Chicago White Sox League Champs
2000 Las Vegas Stars Pacific Coast League 43-50 7th San Diego Padres replaced Duane Espy (30-20) on May 30
2007 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 83-59 1st New York Yankees League Champs
2008 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 86-54 1st New York Yankees League Champs
2009 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 69-72 8th New York Yankees
2010 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 83-59 1st New York Yankees Lost League Finals
2011 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 68-73 8th New York Yankees
2012 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 79-63 2nd New York Yankees Lost League Finals
2013 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 74-67 4th New York Yankees League Champs
2014 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 67-75 8th New York Yankees
2015 Pulaski Yankees Appalachian League 45-23 1st New York Yankees Lost in 1st Round
2016 Pulaski Yankees Appalachian League 29-37 8th New York Yankees

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