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[10/20/2015] Ishikawa Million Stars: Julio Franco to coach for Lotte Giants (KBO)

by on Oct.21, 2015 @ 12:21 am, under Independent
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The Ishikawa Million Stars announced on October 20 that Julio Franco will not be returning as manager next year and will instead be heading to Korea to be a Ni-gun hitting coach for the Lotte Giants (KBO).

The Million Stars released the following statement from Franco (pasted as is):

To all my millionstars fan and people in Ishikawa, I‘m very sorry that I have to go so soon to my journey. I was very grateful to be a millionstars’ manager. I will always have you in my heart that the team will have a special place in my life. I hope MillionStars well next season. Thank you for everything and continue assisting to the game to support the MillionStars. I will see you again.

Source: official announcement

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[7/6/2015] Ishikawa Million Stars: News and notes on Julio Franco

by on Jul.06, 2015 @ 9:19 pm, under Independent
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Here are a couple odds and ends taken from media reports about Julio Franco (a little late, my apologies).

  • Franco is interested in managing in Japan.
  • He came to Japan because he wanted to learn more about Japanese baseball and for the opportunity to manage.
  • The Ishikawa Million Stars finished the first half in third place in the ADVANCE-West division with a 16-19-2 record. They are 1-2-0 so far in the second half, through July 6.
  • Through July 5, Franco is 19-for-67 with nine runs, four doubles, and fifteen RBI in twenty-one games.
  • He was invited to QVC Marine Field for a ceremonial first at bat on June 10 before a Chunichi-Lotte game. [Pa-League TV]

Source: Daily Sports 3/14/2015, Tokyo Sports 5/10/2015

Franco, Julio 14 INF .284 21 67 9 19 4 0 0 15 14 14 2 1 1 0 1 2 19

Stats through July 5, 22:00. (continue reading...)

[6/6/2015] Tuffy Rhodes makes his debut with Toyama, goes 1-for-3

by on Jun.07, 2015 @ 3:35 am, under Independent
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Tuffy Rhodes played in his first game with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on June 6. It was a game against the San-gun Softbank Hawks at Takaoka Seibu Sogo Koen Stadium. Rhodes was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (Ks, 2B9, BB, Ks). There were 1,936 fans on hand to watch Rhodes' debut game.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2015

I found a couple Youtube clips that might be of some interest:


And for those wondering about Julio Franco, the Ishikawa Million Stars are currently in last place in the ADVANCE-West with a record of 7-18-1. As a player, Franco is 18-for-57 with four doubles, nine runs, fifteen RBI, ten strikeouts, and thirteen walks in eighteen games. (Through June 6)

Franco's Million Stars and Rhodes' Thunderbirds are in the same division. The two teams are next scheduled to play each other on June 12 at Takaoka.

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[2/8/2015] BC League: Julio Franco to manage Ishikawa Million Stars

by on Feb.08, 2015 @ 7:04 pm, under Independent
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The Ishikawa Million Stars announced today that they added fifty-six-year-old Julio Franco to their team as a player/manager for the 2015 season. They also announced that they added Masato Kobayashi as a head coach. A press conference will be held on the 10th. Franco will not be in attendance.

Source: official announcement