One wouldn't think that this would be classified as "news," necessarily, but we still find it noteworthy, and kind of sad: Julio Franco has officially announced his retirement.
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We didn't get a chance to get into this yesterday, but we really need to give a full-throated, stand-up salute to Julio Franco, who very well might have played his final game.
The Mets won last night, but clearly, something's going wrong with that team, sublimely timed for the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Over at Nyjer Please, they've got some "inside" info that the team no longer gets along. And the problem seems to be ... Julio Franco?
How long has Mets octogeniarian Julio Franco been around? So long that his career actually spans the whole era of video game baseball. From the Atari 2600 to Bases Loaded to MLB 06, Franco has been around for all of it. The great minds at Progressive Boink — those responsible for the genius that is The Dugout, which…
Notes from a day in baseball:
What Julio Franco has done, playing professional baseball well into his late 40s, is amazing, astounding, incredible, whatever you want to call it. We salute the elderly when they find things to keep active and useful.