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55-Year-Old Julio Franco to Begin Playing Baseball Again

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Depsite not playing professional baseball since retiring back in 2007 and being 55-years-old, former Major League Baseball All-Star Julio Franco thinks he can still play.

Franco has agreed to join the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League. He will serve as a player-coach during the team's first homestand.

His first game is scheduled for Tuesday.

"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."

Franco was 49-years-old following his last season in the big leagues. He played 23 seasons total in Major League Baseball for the Phillies, Indians, White Sox, Rangers, Brewers, Rays, Braves, and Mets.

During the course of his career, Franco hit .298 with 173 home runs while driving in 1,194 runs.


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