May 08, 2008

Julio Franco Is Out of baseball

ESPN has an interesting story about Julio Franco's retirement. Here is an excerpt.

Consider that Julio Franco made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1982. Then consider …

• When Franco made his major league debut, Manny Mota was playing for the Dodgers. Mota is now 70 years old.

• A sampling of other players still active in 1982: Gaylord Perry, Jim Kaat, Carl Yastrzemski, Phil Niekro, Willie Stargell, Luis Tiant, Tony Perez.

• Jim Kaat pitched to Franco in '82, and also to Ted Williams at the beginning of Kaat's career. So Franco faced a pitcher who faced Ted Williams.

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