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JULIO FRANCO RUMORS & GOSSIP

Say it Like it’s 1986: JUUULIOOOOO!

Roger is like a brother to me. And for good reason: he is. Almost four years younger than me, he turned 50 on May 1. I texted him, asking if he is supposed to be buying a sports car or something. By that age, haven’t you entered “mid-life crisis” territory? When I was in college in the early 1980s, I attended a 50th birthday party with some friends from my dorm. They were from...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Former MLB mainstay Franco busy in Japan as player-manager

  Julio Franco is getting the best of both worlds as a 56-year-old player-manager for the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan's semi-professional Baseball Challenge League. Not only does the native of the Dominican Republic and former major league All-Star get to keep playing the game he loves, Franco now has a chance to pass on a wealth of baseball knowledge to a new generation of...
Via AP on Fox
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 56, joining team in Japan as player-manager

The ageless one Julio Franco is continuing his baseball career, this time in Japan. Franco, at the spry age of 56, has agreed to be the player-manager for Ishikawa Million Stars in Japan, according to the team via the Wall Street Journal. Ishikawa Million Stars of the Japan’s independent Baseball Challenge League will begin their season in April. His last stint in baseball came...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Julio Franco Says Playing For Mets Was Worst Decision Of His Life

Julio Franco had some harsh words about his time with the Mets in an exclusive interview with Vice Sports. “When I think about New York, the biggest mistake in my life was playing for the Mets,” said Franco. Bobby Cox knew how to use me. I went to New York and sometimes I’d spend a month on the bench without getting an at-bat.” “At my age, you bring me in the ninth inning...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

55 Year Old, Julio Franco Returning To Baseball?

55 year old, Dominican Republic native, Julio Franco, to many, must be out of his mind. The three time Major League Baseball All Star and five time Silver Slugger Award winner wants “back in.” I am sure that the question is: Why? Why would a 55 year old man be interested in getting back out on the baseball diamond and slugging against guys that are half his age and may be even...
Via The Front Office News
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Ageless Wonder Franco Makes Return

In 1982, without much to celebrate in the upcoming season, the Indians instead commemorated 50 years at Municipal Stadium (although it wasn’t the team’s full-time home for some of them) with a television special of the same name. At the end, it talked about the prospects the Indians had – including a rookie shortstop acquired in a trade with Philadelphia for Von Hayes. “Julio...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, At Age 55, Returns To Pro Ball

Ageless Julio FrancoJulio Franco could hit. In 23 seasons in the big leagues, he had a career .298 average and won the batting title in 1991 (.341) while with the Texas Rangers. Now, at age 55, he is returning to professional baseball with the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League—an independent circuit. Franco will be a player-coach for the franchise during the team's...
Via FenwayNation
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-major leaguer Julio Franco to play baseball again at 55

Former major leaguer Julio Franco will begin turning back time once again next week. Franco, who is 55, has signed a deal to play in the first homestand for the independent Fort Worth Cats. Franco will serve as a player-coach for the Cats starting Tuesday when they begin their season with a game against the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings. Franco is slated to play in nine games with...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Former big leaguer Julio Franco to play for Independent team

Julio Franco is not ready to retire just yet. The former major leaguer last played at the big league level in 2007 as a 48-year-old. Now 55, Franco has signed on with the Fort Worth Cats for a manager/player role. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to play and coach in Fort Worth and reconnect with my friends, former teammates and Texas Rangers staff members,” said Franco...
Via Tireball.com
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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