Julio Franco’s baseball journey is not over

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Julio Franco played more than 20 seasons in the majors, including six the the Braves. (AJC File)
Julio Franco

Julio Franco played more than 20 seasons in the majors, including six the the Braves. (AJC File)

Julio Franco made his major league baseball debut at the age of 23 with the 1982 Philadelphia Phillies.

Since that time, Franco spent two seasons in Japan and the greater part of two decades in the majors with Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. His last appearance in the majors came as a pinch-hitter with the Braves in 2007 at the age of 49.

Julio Franco stretches before his at-bat against the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in May 2014 in Forth Worth, Texas. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Julio Franco stretches before his at-bat against the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in May 2014 in Forth Worth, Texas. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Last year, at the age of 55, Franco attempted a return to baseball with the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League as a player/manager. Franco went 6-for-27 (.222) in seven games with Fort Worth. That didn’t work out.

But Franco isn’t done in baseball.

At 56, Franco has reportedly signed on to suit up to be a player-manager in 2015 with the Ishikawa Million Stars of the six-team Baseball Challenge League of Japan.

The Million Stars notably features female knuckleball thrower Eri Yoshida.

Keep on swinging Julio …


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