A Mutual Mistake

Julio Franco said that signing with the Mets was the biggest mistake of his life, not because he opened himself to old man jokes by yours truly, but because with the Mets he sat on the bench for “20 days, sometimes … 15 days … 30 games”. Yeah, okay. Maybe the mistake was letting Jesus Flores go in the Rule V draft to sign Julio Franco to a two year contract.
Via Metstradamus
July 17, 2014  |  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

This Date In Royals History–July 11, 1985

1985: George Brett’s home run in the first inning was the only run of the game as Danny Jackson pitched magnificently, and the Royals took a 1-0 victory over the Indians at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.Brett homered off Indians starter Vern Ruhle with two outs in the first. Ruhle pitched a complete game, holding the Royals to five hits and a walk while striking out four.Jackson...
Via Pine Tar Press
July 11, 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

Is this as good as it gets?

After 43 games of the 2014 season of promise, the Mets have a record of 20 wins and 23 losses.  I was curious to see where they were at this same point for the past few seasons. Photo courtesy of Hazboy (c) 2014. All rights reserved. 2014:         20-23 2013:         17-26 2012          23-20 2011:         21-22 2010:         20-23 2009:        ...
Via NYMetsLife
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Franco Hits At Age 55

((HT: WFAA-TV))Yes, that Julio FrancoHe's 55 and he's playing in the independent leagues...And he looks like he's in a lot better shape than a lot of us... How cool is that...???
Via Online Sports Guys
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 55, gets a knock in minor league “debut”

Eligible for the AARP and still getting hits.  Former major leaguer Julio Franco got a base hit in the Independent League Fort Worth Cats season opener.  Franco isn’t that far removed from the major leagues, playing until an age-defying 48 years old, with three All-Star appearances and five Silver Sluggers in his 23 major league seasons with eight teams.  The Fort Worth Cats...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 55, wants 'back in'

Julio Franco is honest about why, at age 55, he's decided to put a uniform back on and try to hit against pitchers less than half his age. "I want to stay in baseball and this is a neat opportunity for me to stay close to the game," said Franco, who will play for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League during the club's first homestand, which starts...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 20, 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...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Ambulance Chasers, Week 8: The Princess Diaries

This is starting to get a little ridiculous now.  It seems as if I can't even make it through my lunch break without hearing of some catastrophic injury news.  No matter how well teams manage their young hurlers' inning limits (Jose Fernandez), or how many times we yell to ourselves, "Stop sliding head-first on the base paths!" (Ben Zobrist), the injuries just...
Via Razzball
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Franco Set For Return To Pro Baseball At 55 Years Old

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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Links of the Day 5/17/14

Syttende Mai! Congratulations, Norwegians, for understanding that! Anaheim was eliminated, Teemu Selanne has played his last game, and everyone was respectful to the Finnish dynamo.  Speaking of old athletes. Julio Franco!  The Bruins are the opposite of the Los Angeles Kings, in that the lost, and then were super unclassy about it. SCOREBOARD Tippeligaen Stabaek 3, Rosenborg...
Via The Rhino and Compass
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Julio Franco, 55, to play for Independent League team

There are veterans, and then there are veterans. Former major leaguer Julio Franco is truly a veteran. At the age of 55, he will be playing for a home series for the Fort Worth Cats, and Independent minor league team (United League) not far from Arlington and the Texas Rangers, a team for which Franco played for five seasons, including his three All-Star appearances. According to...
Via Reading Between The Seams
May 16, 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'...
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, 55, to play Independent ball

Julio Franco played in parts of 23 seasons in Major League Baseball, spanning the years 1982-2007 (yes, math majors, he missed a few years), through age 49. Now 55, Franco is joining an independent baseball team, at least for its first homestand. The Fort Worth Cats of United League Baseball have made the following announcement on their website: The Fort Worth Cats' General...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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

When Hope Only Goes So Far …

Jacob deGrom looked good. Looked better than Rafael Montero did last night. No, that’s not proof that deGrom is going to be the better major leaguer than Montero, but it just speaks to the starting pitching depth that will help get this organization on the right path. But it’s only help … it’s not the solution. Because sometimes a starting pitcher is only as good as the run...
Via Metstradamus
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

Sandberg, Franco, Bell and What Could Have Been

As discussed yesterday, Pat and I have been preparing lists and things for the site. One of the lists we have been preparing is the 10 Worst Trades in Phillies History. Generally, it is better to have a Hall of Fame player than to not have a Hall of Fame player. There are exceptions, a player on the downswing of his career would be one, but Hall of Fame players in their prime are...
Via Phillies Nation
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Exploring “5 for 1″ 31 Years Later

After being acquired for five players, Hayes was a lightning rod for criticism. Advanced stats indicate the trade wasn’t that bad for the Phillies. Photo: MLB.com When Pat Gallen and I put together the updated Phillies Nation Top 100 a few months ago, one of the players we had the toughest time placing was outfielder/first baseman Von Hayes. Hayes had nine pretty good seasons in...
Via Phillies Nation
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wonderful Frustration of Loving the Mets

Someone once joked “Marriage is about finding that one special person to annoy you the rest of your life.” The same could be said of Baseball fans. In our case, we’ve found the Mets. On Thursday, April 3rd, the Mets lost to Washington, 8-2 and dropped to 0-3. We’d given up 22 runs in 3 days. It was the first time in history we lost the first 3 games of the season at home...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Greatest Season That Almost Was: The 1994 White Sox

In 1994 the White Sox came into the season fresh off their first division title and playoff appearance in a decade.  They had the best hitter in the game in Frank Thomas, the reigning American League MVP and deep pitching staff rivaled only by the legendary staff of the Atlanta Braves.  They brought in veteran Julio Franco to DH and help protect the Big Hurt.  This was to be the...
Via Grab Some Bench
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Phillies Nation Top 100: #31 Von Hayes

The Phillies Nation Top 100 continues today with #31. Our mission is to assess the Top 100 Phillies players of all time using impact to the Phillies, individual achievement, team achievement, traditional stats, and analytics as our criteria. The list was compiled by Ian Riccaboni and Pat Gallen with input from the rest of the Phillies Nation staff.  From this point forward, each...
Via Phillies Nation
February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox 1994 Season – What Could Have Been?

Chicago White Sox 1994 Season at a glance. It was about this time 20 years ago that White Sox fans were excited for the next season. There weren’t “hopes” of a great season because everyone knew the White Sox had something going into 1994. They had just lost the American League Championship Series in 6 games to the World Series Champions, a veteran Toronto Blue Jays. The Lineup...
Via Sports Mockery
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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