Fort Worth Cats: Julio Franco Is Still Not Dead

by Jason Epstein

Fifty-five-year old Julio Franco is tanned, rested, and ready, according to the PR department for the Fort Worth Cats:

The Fort Worth Cats’ General Manager, Craig Brasfield, proudly announced today that former major leaguer Julio Franco will join the Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club as player/coach for the first home stand of the 2014 season, which begins on Tuesday, May 20. Based upon Franco’s addition, the United League has extended the Cats initial homestand through Wednesday, May 28. Franco’s addition to the team will allow him to join a rare fraternity of players to play five decades of professional baseball.

Julio Franco, a former Texas Ranger, has a long and decorated Major League Baseball career that spanned 26 years and included play with eight different MLB teams, two Japanese League teams, one Mexican League squad and one other in Korea. In 2004, Franco passed Cap Anson as the oldest regular position player and thereafter became the oldest MLB player to hit a home run, a grand slam, a pinch-hit home run, multiple home runs in a single game, and to steal two bases in a single game. . . .

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,” said Julio Franco. “I love Fort Worth and I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the younger players and entertain the fans.”

Franco went on to say that he’s “feeling better each day.”

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