Julio Franco alive and well in Mexico

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In today’s New York Times, there is an article that talks about Julio Franco’s new job in Mexico. He’s a first baseman in a Mexican team. When players like Woody Williams, Jeff Conine, Shawn Green, and Javy Lopez are retiring, Julio Franco has the balls to play in the Mexican Leagues. Those other guys are just pussies.

“He doesn’t have one, but he does expect to play professional baseball on his 50th birthday. In a Mexican League season that has begun, Franco is playing first base in Cancún for Tigres de Quintana Roo.”

“Franco has another reason for continuing to play. He is serving as the team’s hitting coach as well as a player, and it’s a start to the next phase of his career. “

Julio Franco was good for a long time, hitting .270s-.300s for 20 years straight, with OPS hanging around in the .750s to the .800s in his best seasons. But the best part is that he kept these numbers for a long, long time, and he could compete with other Major Leaguers even at age 47, while guys half his age are retiring. Shows how good his batting eye really was. Maybe not a Hall of Famer at all, but thou he shall be remembered. Maybe he will be a good manager one day.

Carl Everett should have asked Julio Franco if dinosaurs existed. Julio would know.

Nearing 50, Julio Still Going Strong in Mexican League (NY Times)

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