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(ESPN)   55-year-old Julio Franco returns to baseball with the independent-league Fort Worth Cats; Mets fans briefly excited when they misheard the name and thought John Franco was coming back to help their shiatty-ass bullpen   (espn.go.com) divider line 10
    More: Interesting, John Franco, Fort Worth Cats, Julio Franco, brushback pitch, baseball  
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2014-05-17 12:49:31 AM  
Mets fans in Texas -- highly unlikely.  They don't even have enough of them in New York City to fill a stadium.
 
2014-05-17 02:24:24 AM  
At one point, John Franco was the 2nd oldest player in the major leagues.  He was also the second oldest J. Franco in the major leagues.
 
2014-05-17 03:55:36 AM  
Ruben Amaro Jr. immediately offered him a 3 year deal for 6.5 per, with a club option.
 
2014-05-17 06:57:02 AM  
When you think about it, we haven't had a decent closer since him.
 
2014-05-17 07:32:37 AM  
This just in: Generally, Franco's career is still dead.
 
2014-05-17 08:09:45 AM  

Dafatone: At one point, John Franco was the 2nd oldest player in the major leagues.  He was also the second oldest J. Franco in the major leagues.


He would have been the 3rd oldest player, behind Julio and Methuselah Moyer.
 
2014-05-17 08:15:37 AM  
IIRC Jesse Orosco was still pitching in 2000. Must have been in his 40s then also.
 
2014-05-17 03:30:06 PM  

UNC_Samurai: He would have been the 3rd oldest player, behind Julio and Methuselah Moyer.


Somewhere, Satchel Paige's ghost still thinks he could throw 3 innings of shutout ball.
 
2014-05-17 03:35:24 PM  

chimp_ninja: UNC_Samurai: He would have been the 3rd oldest player, behind Julio and Methuselah Moyer.

Somewhere, Satchel Paige's ghost still thinks he could throw 3 innings of shutout ball.


Side note:  What assholes kept Satchel Farking Paige in AAA from 1956 to 1958?

Answer:  The Phillies!  Paige put up an ERA of about 2.50 for those three years, too.  And the Phillies used 13 starters in 1956 on their way to winning 71 games.  Way to go, Phillies.
 
2014-05-17 04:02:55 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Dafatone: At one point, John Franco was the 2nd oldest player in the major leagues.  He was also the second oldest J. Franco in the major leagues.

He would have been the 3rd oldest player, behind Julio and Methuselah Moyer.


Franco is actually two years older then Moyer, but he retired before Franco did..
 
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