Fort Worth, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Ageless baseball wonder Julio Franco will play professional baseball again at age 55.
He has agreed to join the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League as a player-coach during the club’s first homestand.
Franco’s first game is scheduled for Tuesday, and the homestand runs through the following Wednesday, May 28.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to play and coach in Fort Worth and reconnect with my friends, former teammates and Texas Rangers staff members,” Franco told the Cats’ website.
A 3-time MLB All-Star, 1991 American League batting champion and 5-time Silver Slugger winner, Franco become known in his later years due to his age and pinch-hitting skills, but was a great in-prime player, too.
The Dominican Republic native played parts of 23 seasons with the MLB beginning in 1982 with the Philadelphia Phillies and ending in 2007 with the Atlanta Braves at age 49.
He also had stints with the Rangers, Indians, White Sox, Brewers, Rays, and Mets.
In between MLB appearances, Franco played for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Nippon Professional Baseball League and Samsung Lions of the Korea Professional Baseball.