Julio Franco, 55, to play for independent league team in Fort Worth

Getty Images

Six years since his last professional game, and nearly 36 years since his professional debut, Franco will play pro baseball again.

Longtime Major League veteran Julio Franco, who last played organized baseball in 2008, will suit up as a player -- presumably one last time -- for the independent Fort Worth Cats this month. The move will allow Franco to play professionally in five different decades.

Franco, 55, signed on with Fort Worth as a player/coach and will join the team for its first homestand beginning May 20. He last played in 2008, at age 49, with Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League.

SB Nation Reviews

"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 said in a statement. "I love Fort Worth and I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the younger players and entertain the fans."

Franco began his playing career in 1978 at age 19 with Butte in rookie ball in the Pioneer League. He played in 23 big league seasons from 1982-2007, made three All-Star teams and, in 2007, became the oldest person in MLB history to hit a home run at the age of 48.

In addition to the majors, Franco has played in Mexico, Japan, Korea and now in the independent United League, which expanded Forth Worth's initial homestand through May 28 after news of Franco joining the team.

More from SBNation.com

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.