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Julio Franco Calls It Quits

It's the end of a 26-year-long journey for Julio Franco, the 49-year old famously known for his longevity. On Wednesday, Franco, who had been playing in Mexico for the Quintana Roo Tigers, announced his retirement to his teammates and the information was made public on Thursday via a post on the team's website.

In an interview published today by the Mexican sports daily Record, Franco says, "It was the hardest decision in my life. I understand that my time has passed and the great men and athletes know when to say enough."

The first baseman made his final appearance in MLB on September 17, 2007 for the Atlanta Braves. Facing the Florida Marlins, Franco was called on to pinch hit in the bottom of the 8th and made what would be his last at-bat count, lacing a single to right and driving in a run.

Posted by Paul Moro

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