…because Julio Franco, one of the players I watched growing up has officially retired. Of course, most of the M.L.B already knew this since Franco was stuck playing this season in a Mexican league. It’s kind of sad to see him finally go, though. Franco, who played in the bigs for 23 seasons is the oldest player to ever hit a home run and retires with a .298 career batting average while driving in more than 1,000 R.B.I in his career.
What’s really interesting is the season he was putting together in 1994, the year of the strike. In 112 games, Franco had 20 home runs and 98 R.B.I and was well on his way to his only 30/100 season before the strike ended the baseball season. Julio Franco would never came close to those numbers again, failing to reach that plateau other superstars reach on an almost average basis.