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)
Seasons in San Diego: 1975-1976
Left: 3/23/77 – Claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers
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.
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