Friday, May 16, 2014

Julio Franco, At Age 55, Returns To Pro Ball

Ageless Julio Franco
Julio Franco could hit. In 23 seasons in the big leagues, he had a career .298 average and won the batting title in 1991 (.341) while with the Texas Rangers. Now, at age 55, he is returning to professional baseball with the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League—an independent circuit. Franco will be a player-coach for the franchise during the team's first homestand—which begins next Tuesday. Said Julio, "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. I love Fort Worth and I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with the younger players and entertain the fans." As No Country For Old Men's Sheriff Ed Tom Bell said, "Signs and wonders".