It is the downfall of a “super promising player.” A player with guaranteed wealth and honor. He made a big deviation outside the game. Tampa Bay’s Wander Franco (22) has become a “runaway.”
ESPN reported on Monday (Korea time) that Franco did not comply with the Dominican Republic prosecution’s order to summon him. Prosecutors will continue their investigation. A day earlier, prosecutors in the Dominican Republic reportedly searched Franco’s home. There was no Franco at home.
Franco is a top prospect in Tampa Bay. He already bombed the minor leagues as a teenager. He debuted in the 2021 season at age 20. He had a batting average of 0.288, seven homers and 39 RBIs in his first season, and an OPS of 0.810.월카지노
Tampa Bay believed in Franco’s potential. After the 2021 season, he signed an 11-year, mega-contract worth 182 million U.S. dollars. “Players who have less than a year of service time,” he said. “I don’t have such pre-sale tickets.
In his third year in the 2023 season, he posted 112 games, a batting average of 0.281, 17 homers and 58 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.819. Tampa Bay was also excited by his improving performance.
There was a problem from the outside. In August, suspicions emerged that Franco had an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Prosecutors in the Dominican Republic launched an investigation. At least two people filed a lawsuit against Franco.
Tampa Bay placed Franco on its list of restricted players. The MLB Secretariat imposed indefinite administrative leave. They were forced to take no part in the game. They were also banned from participating in team training. They tied their hands and feet. Tampa Bay said it supported the Secretariat’s decision.
Franco went back to the Dominican Republic earlier this month. He is not responding to prosecutorial summons. He cannot endure it. He has to leave someday. For now, he fired all of his legal team. He set up a new team. He is preparing himself.
He called himself a “great prospect of all time.” He also said he would become the best superstar in the league. In fact, his performance was showing. Suspicions of crimes related to minors have popped up. This is the part that Major League Baseball accepts most sensitively.
Franco flatly denies it. If the allegations are confirmed, chances are high that Franco’s career will end as it is. The remaining contract worth 176 million U.S. dollars will also disappear into thin air.