Julio Franco’s oldest-man-ever home run last night for the Mets has set off fresh controversy about his age. The Times stands by the official version, 47, today. But commentators on ESPN, notably Tony Rome, have been insisting that Franco is 50. This is not a trivial discrepancy for middle aged men, notably moi. We are pulling for the high number. Are there any investigative reporters in San Pedro de Macoris?

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