Julio Franco, a three-time All-Star from 1991 American League batting champion with the Rangers, has officially joined the Fort Worth Cats as a player-coach at the ripe old age of 55!
The Cats are part of the United Baseball League.
Franco’s first game is scheduled for Tuesday, be he’s already causing a stir, mostly over at the AARP.
“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. “I love Fort Worth and I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the younger players and entertain the fans.” source
He played parts of 23 seasons in the big leagues before ending his career at 49 years old. He was an All-Star MVP for the Rangers in 1990 and played for the Phillies, Indians, White Sox, Brewers, Rays, Braves and Mets in addition to Texas.