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Fenway
02-09-2008, 04:48 PM
Wonder if he ever gave WEEI the truck back? :tongue:


Keith Foulke's best season came during his only year in Oakland, 2003. He led the league in saves, with 43, and he put up an ERA of 2.08.

Now, Foulke is back for another go-round with the A's (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/09/SP3GUV411.DTL)

cws05champ
02-09-2008, 07:01 PM
Good...I hope he does well. And more importantly I hope it makes it more difficult for Fernando Hernandez to make the roster and he comes back to the Sox system.

steely712
02-09-2008, 07:20 PM
I actually thought that he retired. Did he play for anyone last year?

SoxNation05
02-09-2008, 07:27 PM
I actually thought that he retired. Did he play for anyone last year?
He signed with the Indians. In the middle of ST he decided to retire. At the time, if he were to retire five days later he would have made 5 million dollars. Instead he decided to retire before that time. He is a real class act. The Oakland A's are so weak I would love to see him make it to the all star game. Best of luck to you Keith.

thegooch
02-09-2008, 08:10 PM
I wish him luck, but his fastball was losing velocity before he even got hurt. Ask Shingo how long you last grooving 75-80mph fastballs to big league hitters.

chaerulez
02-10-2008, 11:32 AM
Still never understood the reason we traded Foulke. Yes he struggled for a month early on. Yet he finished with a 2.90 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. His stats next year were aided by playing in pitcher friendly Oakland, but he still was a quality pitcher when we traded him. Then we got someone who was just bad in return.

He is the MVP of the 2004 Red Sox playoff run.

areilly
02-10-2008, 11:53 AM
Still never understood the reason we traded Foulke. Yes he struggled for a month early on. Yet he finished with a 2.90 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. His stats next year were aided by playing in pitcher friendly Oakland, but he still was a quality pitcher when we traded him. Then we got someone who was just bad in return.

He is the MVP of the 2004 Red Sox playoff run.

I didn't get it either, and Koch was a pretty big bust, but the Sox really lucked out on that one in the end:

December 3, 2002: Traded by the Chicago White Sox (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/2002.shtml) with Mark L. Johnson (http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/johnsma02.shtml), Joe Valentine (http://www.baseball-reference.com/v/valenjo04.shtml), and cash to the Oakland Athletics (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/OAK/2002.shtml) for players to be named later and Billy Koch (http://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kochbi01.shtml). The Oakland Athletics (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/OAK/2002.shtml) sent Neal Cotts (http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cottsne01.shtml) (December 16, 2002) and Daylon Holt (http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Daylon_Holt) (minors) (December 16, 2002) to the Chicago White Sox (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/2002.shtml) to complete the trade.

PaleHoseGeorge
02-10-2008, 11:53 AM
Still never understood the reason we traded Foulke.

That's easy. The 20/20 hindsight crowd hated Foulke.
:cool:

Which reminds me of one of my favorite topics from Jim Bouton's Ball Four. Bouton is making the point of what worthless advice pitching coach Sal Maglie keeps offering the staff. Maglie keeps berating his staff to "throw strikes goddammit." So the next game the Pilots staff gives up three home runs and after each one somebody in the bullpen quips, "There's another one of those goddamned strikes."

Later Bouton brings up the subject of Maglie's "first guess second guess." The Pilots are in a jam, Maglie goes to the mound with his usual advice and on the very next pitch the Pilots pitcher gets taken downtown to which Bouton thinks he hears Maglie scream, "Not now, goddammit! Not now!"

Ah, that book is a corker...

:wink:

Fenway
02-10-2008, 12:00 PM
Still never understood the reason we traded Foulke. Yes he struggled for a month early on. Yet he finished with a 2.90 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. His stats next year were aided by playing in pitcher friendly Oakland, but he still was a quality pitcher when we traded him. Then we got someone who was just bad in return.

He is the MVP of the 2004 Red Sox playoff run.

Foulke was superhuman in Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 ALCS. He shut down a very good Yankees offense and gave Boston a shot to get back into the series. He IS the reason Boston won it all.

soxfanreggie
02-10-2008, 12:09 PM
Best of luck to him; although, I hope he serves up some nice BP to the Sox if he faces them.

Chicken Dinner
02-10-2008, 01:03 PM
I can clearly remember why he was traded.

Lip Man 1
02-10-2008, 01:11 PM
Chaer:

Foulke was traded because Manager Gandhi completely lost faith in him and refused to use him as a late inning closer. That was the main reason but also if memory serves, because he was approaching free agency.

Lip

ChiSoxGirl
02-10-2008, 06:31 PM
I didn't get it either, and Koch was a pretty big bust, but the Sox really lucked out on that one in the end:

December 3, 2002: Traded by the Chicago White Sox (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/2002.shtml) with Mark L. Johnson (http://www.baseball-reference.com/j/johnsma02.shtml), Joe Valentine (http://www.baseball-reference.com/v/valenjo04.shtml), and cash to the Oakland Athletics (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/OAK/2002.shtml) for players to be named later and Billy Koch (http://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kochbi01.shtml). The Oakland Athletics (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/OAK/2002.shtml) sent Neal Cotts (http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cottsne01.shtml) (December 16, 2002) and Daylon Holt (http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Daylon_Holt) (minors) (December 16, 2002) to the Chicago White Sox (http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/2002.shtml) to complete the trade.

Does anybody know what happened to this guy? :?:

russ99
02-11-2008, 10:52 AM
I wish Foulke luck, but it's gonna be real hard to fool major league hitters with his awesome changeup if his fastball isn't good anymore.

MisterB
02-11-2008, 11:38 AM
Does anybody know what happened to this guy? :?:

After spending the '03 season in the Sox system, he was taken by the Dodgers in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft. He put up some uninspiring numbers between AA and AAA in '04 and then dropped off the map.