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Today in Tribe History: February 21, 2011

A pair of former Cleveland Indians from the 1980s are among seven people selected to enter the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Outfielder Oddibe McDowell spent four seasons with the Texas Rangers before being dealt to the Indians after the 1988 season with first baseman Pete O’Brien and second baseman Jerry Browne for infielder Julio Franco. McDowell spent 69 games with the Tribe...

Ageless Julio Franco makes it onto ‘Jeopardy!’ as clue

You know you’ve truly arrived as an athlete when you’ve been used as a clue on “Jeopardy!” In Julio Franco’s case, he can now list that along with all of his other accomplishments. Franco was mentioned as a clue during Wednesday’s edition of “Jeopardy!” for playing in MLB at age 49 and pro ball in Japan at age 57. Julio Franco gets a Jeopardy shout out, &...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Papi Channels Julio Franco As Vesting Nears

Ortiz (L), Franco (R)David Ortiz needs just 10 more plate appearances to trigger his 2016 vesting option of $10 million, Obviously, he will hit the milestone very soon, and commented thusly, "I earned it. That's why I'm playing next year. Because I earned it." The nearly-40-year-old Ortiz even made reference to an ageless player of the past, "If you take care of yourself and do...
Via FenwayNation
August 06, 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 Associated Press
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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

By Joe Gilbert 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 The Wall Street Journal. Ishikawa Million Stars of the Japan’s independent Baseball Challenge League will begin their season in April. His last stint...
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

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

Julio Franco to Make Another Run?

It seems like just yesterday when the Fort Worth Cats announced Jose Canseco was going to join their team for some sort of homebound version of “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings”. Thursday…they might have topped themselves.  And I don’t think I could be any happier. We are pleased to announce that Julio Franco is going to play for the Fort Worth Cats in...
Via Hall of Very Good
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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