Apr 6, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Texas Rangers hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Texas Rangers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Julio Franco to play for independent league team


Some people talk about how hard it must be for Derek Jeter to play at the age of 40. Julio Franco played his last Major League game at the age of 48 – and he’s not done yet.

Independent league team, the Fort Worth Cats announced yesterday that 26-year pro Julio Franco would be returning to baseball activities as a player/coach for the club’s first home stand. The United League, under which the Cats play for, found the occasion to be so special, that it extended the team’s home stand to last a total of eight days, from May 20-28.

Franco spent time with eight MLB teams, two Japanese teams, one Korean team, and one Mexican team. He is a former Texas Ranger, Atlanta Brave, Philadelphia Philly, Cleveland Indian, Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewer, Tampa Bay (Devil) Ray (although he only played in one game for them), and New York Met. He was a five-time Silver Slugger and three-time All-Star. He played first, second, third, shortstop, and corner outfield, and is a lifetime .298/.365/.417 hitter with 173 home runs, 281 stolen bases, and 1194 RBI.

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