Froback Thursday: Rich Folkers


Pitcher | Bats: Left | Throws: Left | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180 | DOB: 10/17/1946 | Waterloo, Iowa

Draft: Selected by the New York Mets in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1967 June (Secondary Phase) Draft

MLB Debut: 6/10/70 (New York Mets)

Acquired: 11/18/74 – Traded from the St. Louis Cardinals with P Alan Foster & P Sonny Siebert to the San Diego Padres for SS Ed Brinkman & C Danny Breeden

Seasons in San Diego: 1975-1976

Left: 3/23/77 – Claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers

Career Stats: Major League & Minor League

Known for: For Padres fans Rich Folkers will forever be known for “throwing up in the bullpen”. In case you don’t know, throughout the years Padres announcer Jerry Coleman has given us a quite a few malaprops. This one however has to rank as one of his all-time best. While calling a game one day, instead of saying that Folkers was “throwing in the bullpen” Coleman added one tiny word (up) and that changed the whole visual for the fans tuning in. Folkers would spend 2 seasons in San Diego pitching mainly out of the bullpen, where he went 8-14 in his Padres career while posting an ERA of 4.51. After being claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers following the 1976 season, Folkers would only pitch one more season before calling it a career.


1976 Topps


1977 Topps


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