Julio Frano passes aw- err – retires at the age of 49

Finally. Julio Franco retired from baseball on Saturday at the age of 49. Franco spent parts of 23 years in the major leagues, and last appeared in MLB with the New York Mets in 2007. Franco also played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Atlanta Braves. Franco had long said he wanted to play until 50, but realized that being a 49 year old playing baseball in Mexico wasn’t what he wanted to be doing. Can you blame him? Franco offered the following in an interview by Mexican sports daily Record:

“I understand that my time has passed and the great men and athletes know when to say enough.”

That’s classy, Julio. Franco had a nice career, and will mainly be known for his longevity. It’s pretty incredible for a guy to maintain the physical condition, let alone the skills the way Franco did for so long. Sure, he was never a perennial all-star player or team MVP. But Franco embodied what every ballplayer had as a little kid: he loved the game. I mean, the guy was playing in Mexico at the age of 49. He also spent time playing ball in Japan and South Korea. It’s quite admirable of Franco to step aside and let the Hiram Bocachica’s of the world take his place on the Angelopolis Tigers in the Mexican leagues.

Ok, to be fair to Hiram Bocachica and Hiram Bocachica fans everywhere, I haven’t the slightest clue where he’s playing now. Probably the minor leagues somewhere. Sorry, Hiram. Franco has yet to announce his plans to start up a nursing home league after his retirement. Stay tuned for details to come in the future.

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2 Comments on “Julio Frano passes aw- err – retires at the age of 49”

  1. Ben K Says:

    I remember watching Franco when he first came up with the Indians. I cant believe he was still in MLB last season……

  2. Nick Says:

    for the record, Hiram Bocachica is playing for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League, alongside former Dodgers piece of crap Kaz Ishii.


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