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Reliever Frank Francisco made his Major League debut in 2004.
On May 14, 2004, right-hander Frank Francisco made his major-league debut with the Texas Rangers. Four months later, he was arrested after throwing a chair into the stands at Oakland's Coliseum.
Francisco appeared in a September 14 game in Oakland, pitching an inning-plus while allowing an earned run. His outing allowed the hometown A's to mount a comeback, as they plated three runs in the eighth inning, taking a 5-4 lead into the ninth.
But that wasn't the end of Francisco's evening. Moments after Alfonso Soriano tied the game at five with a solo home run, both benches cleared as a disturbance was brewing between the Rangers' bullpen and dugout.
Francisco had gotten into a scuffle with some fans and ended up tossing a plastic chair, utilized by the ball boy, into the stands. The chair hit two fans in the head, and Francisco was arrested and charged with felony assault, according to a report on ESPN.com.
Francisco, now among the closer mix with the Toronto Blue Jays, was sentenced to attend anger management classes. A civil suit was also brought by one of the fans who got injured during the incident. Francisco was suspended for the remainder of the 2004 season.