Julio Franco Retires
He didn’t make it to 50.
Julio Franco has finally “hung ’em up”, announcing yesterday that he has retired from professional baseball.
“It was the hardest decision in my life,” Franco said in an interview published Saturday by Mexican sports daily Record. “I always said I would be the first one to know the exact moment. I think the numbers speak for themselves, the production speaks and this is the right moment.”
In addition to being the oldest man to pinch-run, the oldest man to hit a homerun, the oldest man to steal a base, the oldest man to hit into a double play, the oldest man to …. well, you get it …. Franco also finished his 30-year career with 4229 hits (MLB, minors, Japan, Mexico, etc., combined).
How long before the “Julio Franco as Mets manager” rumors start ?