Mike Williams can only be described as one major Phucco. If there was a Phucco Hall of Fame, his bust would be there, even if all he did was pose for one of the creepiest (best?) baseball cards of all time. He was originally drafted by the Phils in the 14th round and pitched in the pen and rotation for 5 years before being released. He made a career comeback after becoming a closer with the Pirates, notching 46 of them in '02. He was traded from the Pirates back to the Phillies in July of 2003 for minor league relief pitcher Frank Brooks. At the time, he had a 6.27 ERA. His performance with the Phils was much improved...he had a mere 5.96 ERA. He never pitched in the majors again.
Not to be overlooked in this trade is Frank Brooks. Sure, the former 13th round selection never played for the Phils, but the dude is jacked. This is a pic of Brooks when he was pitching for Batavia. I'm not saying performance enhancing substances played a role in Brooks' physique, but they did.
The Phils declined the options on Rod Barajas and Abe Nunez yesterday. This was completely expected but knowing officially that No-Hit Nunez will not be back next year, did bring a small, Ronald McDonald sized smile to my face...