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Well-traveled Franco finally calls it quits after 23 years

Updated: May 3, 2008, 2:52 PM ET
Associated Press

MEXICO CITY -- Julio Franco finally called it quits.

The oldest player to hit a home run in the majors announced his retirement from baseball after a 23-year career in the major leagues and stints in his native Dominican Republic, Korea, Japan and Mexico.

"It was the hardest decision in my life," Franco said in an interview published Saturday by Mexican sports daily Record. "I always said I would be the first one to know the exact moment. I think the numbers speak for themselves, ...

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