Have we reached the conclusion that it is already over? The Tampa Bay team went into the process of ‘stopping losses’ for ‘genius shortstop’ Wander Franco (22), who was embroiled in the worst scandal. There was also a prospect that he, who signed a contract for up to 300 billion won, would no longer be able to play in the major leagues.
The New York Post reported on the 21st (Korean time) that “the Tampa Bay club is erasing Franco from the club’s external advertisements and highlight videos through TV.”
The media continued, “Belli Sports, which broadcasts all of the Tampa Bay team’s games, has already deleted all of Franco’s appearances from various highlight videos.” It seems that the situation is serious.”
Reporter Hector Gomez from the Dominican Republic, who is well versed in major league circumstances, also recently reported on social media that “It is unlikely that Franco will play in the major leagues again.” Gomez added credibility by revealing, “The person who informed me of this is the same person who informed me of Franco’s contract extension in 2021.”
Previously, the Tampa Bay Times of the United States reported on the 14th, “The Major League Secretariat and the Tampa Bay Club are investigating the suspicions related to Franco, which are known through social media.”
Franco, from the Dominican Republic, debuted in the big leagues at the age of 20 in 2021’Terms’ and posted a batting average of 0.288, 7 homers and 39 RBIs in 70 games in the first year. Then, in the winter of that year, he signed a super-large contract with Tampa Bay for 11 years, 182 million dollars (approximately 242.2 billion won), with a maximum total of 223 million dollars (approximately 296.8 billion won) in 2012, including club options. Last year, he only hit 6 home runs in 83 games, but this season, he participated in 112 games, batting average of 0.281, 17 homers and 58 RBIs.
However, he showed his personality problems earlier this year, when he lost control of his temper during a game and got into an argument with his teammates. He also dropped his bat or threw equipment after returning to the dugout if he did not perform satisfactorily in his at-bat, and these actions sometimes harmed his teammates.메이저놀이터
The Tampa Bay club has been trying to improve Franco’s behavior by mobilizing methods such as line-up exclusion and disciplinary action, but this sex scandal with a minor is likely to become a fatal problem. Local media such as ESPN predicted, “If sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl are confirmed, there is a possibility that Franco’s contract with the Tampa Bay club may be cancelled.”
Franco has not been able to play since the game against Cleveland on the 13th. Tampa Bay placed Franco on the ‘restricted list’ on the 15th and called up shortstop Oslaivis Basabe (23) from Triple-A in the minor leagues to fill his spot.