They will take the bat away from Julio Franco when they pry it from his cold, dead hands:
Indy ball Ishikawa Million Stars have reached agreement with Julio Franco. He’ll serve as player-manager. https://t.co/WYPTbpNOa7
— Kazuto Yamazaki (@Kazuto_Yamazaki) February 8, 2015
The Million Stars are part of Japan’s independent “Challenge League.” Also on that team: Eri Yoshida, the woman knuckleballer who made some headlines stateside a few years back.
Franco is 56. Last year he served as a player-manager for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United Baseball League. He last played in the bigs in 2007 at 49. He was still a very useful big leaguer back when he was with the Braves between the ages of 43 and 47. After the nuclear war, he’ll be the last ballplayer standing, I guarantee it.