By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The University of Hawaii baseball season gets underway on February 20. But before we look ahead to another year, we take the time to look back at a former UH standout. In this edition of "where are they now," we catch up with a power hitter, who holds the most career triples at UH.
In the early 1990's, outfielder Franz Yuen stepped up to the plate and delivered, garnering All-WAC and Academic All American honors. He then played professionally for the Evansville Otters in an independent league. And now?
"I'm a physical therapist," he said.
Yuen also serves as the clinic director of Fukuji and Lum Physical Therapy in Nuuanu.
"I think I enjoyed studying the human body and I like to work out, so I think those two things came together and I think I enjoy helping people get better," he said.
"He's very professional, he explains what he's doing. He gives me a lot of homework, but he can read my face," said Karen Uyemura, patient.
Professional with patients, good on the diamond, but try getting a serious and straight answer out of him!
"I should be prepared for this one. I didn't prepare too well for this one."
"That didn't make sense. I know that didn't make sense, you want me to do that again?"
"Even though, those were...what the hell, that's somebody's phone, that's my phone. Let me start over."
But when he does answer, he'll tell you that he's also involved with helping the younger generation on and off the field.
"When you've got so much from the game of baseball, it's good to give back, help these kids try to achieve better things, whether it'd be baseball or life, try to give them lessons they can learn," he said.
The lesson he's learned is to enjoy it, while you can.
"Obviously you know, I miss being around the guys a lot, hanging out with those guys and shooting the breeze, I think I miss the competitiveness of the game," he said. "Sometimes I miss talking to my father after the game, those kinds of things, because we don't get the chance to talk baseball anymore, so I think I miss that."
Although his days at Manoa are long gone, it's moments like this, he'll always remember.
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